Health & Fitness TV Shows

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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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Ebola
Ebola
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
NBA
NBA
NHL
NHL
TVG
TVG
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Yoga
Yoga
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Fusion
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
Gaiam Pilates
Gaiam Pilates
The Body Holiday
The Body Holiday
HealthDay TV
HealthDay TV
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
The Skinny
The Skinny
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
BeFit in 90 Workout System
BeFit in 90 Workout System
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Inner Splendor Yoga
Inner Splendor Yoga
Dance and Be Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Beauty First
Beauty First
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
The Firm: Ignite Calorie Burn
The Firm: Ignite Calorie Burn
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body