Health & Fitness TV Shows

About Health & Fitness

There's always been some concern that the passive nature of television entertainment will lead to health problems in TV viewers. If viewers spend too much time simply sitting in front of their TV sets, authorities and health professionals worry, they'll miss out on important opportunities to exercise, eat well and engage in other activities that will help them to lead long, healthy lives. Health and fitness TV programming is an attempt to avoid that danger by presenting viewers with shows that will encourage them to develop healthy habits.

The workout program is a subgenre of fitness TV that has been popular with viewers for more than three decades. In 1982, actress Jane Fonda released her first workout video, a program of aerobic exercise designed to lead viewers through a cardiovascular fitness routine. Fonda's first video was immensely popular, and it spawned an entire genre of fitness programs. As exercise trends have changed, exercise programs have changed with them, and programs featuring yoga, pilates, kickboxing, strength training, fitness dancing and other workout techniques have tried to get TV viewers off the couch.

Diet is also often a focus of health programming, and shows that give viewers advice for eating better and losing weight complement exercise programs. The weight-loss program has even merged with the reality genre; The Biggest Loser follows overweight contestants as they compete to lose the most weight and win prizes.

Informational health programming is less focused than fitness programming on the actual physical involvement of viewers. In these shows, health issues and medical innovations are addressed in a factual manner. Some programs are structured like a typical television talk show, and a health-expert host presents medical information and answers questions about health issues.

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Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
TVG
TVG
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
MOVE!
MOVE!
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
NBA
NBA
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
NHL
NHL
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Sport Science
Sport Science
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
HealthiNation
HealthiNation
Bobby Flay Fit
Bobby Flay Fit
Namaste
Namaste
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
DailyBurn Inferno
DailyBurn Inferno
AM / PM Callanetics
AM / PM Callanetics
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
BeFit in 30: Extreme
BeFit in 30: Extreme
The Daniel Plan: In Action
The Daniel Plan: In Action
Hollywood Cycle
Hollywood Cycle
Pull
Pull
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Bikini Body Makeover
Bikini Body Makeover
Self
Self
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Dance Party
Dance Party
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
True Vision 4 Success
True Vision 4 Success
Love Handles
Love Handles
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
10 Pound Slimdown
10 Pound Slimdown
Body By Bethenny
Body By Bethenny
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
Valerie Bertinelli - Losing It and Keeping Fit
Valerie Bertinelli - Losing It and Keeping Fit
Yoga Works
Yoga Works
Pilates Body Makeover
Pilates Body Makeover
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
FitSugarTV
FitSugarTV
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack and Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack and Yoga Meltdown
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Shanti Yoga
Shanti Yoga
Toning Workouts
Toning Workouts
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Fun Cardio Workouts
Fun Cardio Workouts
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Addicted to Sweat
Addicted to Sweat
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
Yoga for Weightloss With Colleen Saidman
Yoga for Weightloss With Colleen Saidman
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Rodney Yee: Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief
Rodney Yee: Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
Rodney Yee's Back Care Yoga
Rodney Yee's Back Care Yoga
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Quick Callanetics
Quick Callanetics
Super Callanetics
Super Callanetics
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion