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
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
TVG
TVG
NHL
NHL
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
MOVE!
MOVE!
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Recover
Recover
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Pilates Body Makeover
Pilates Body Makeover
Work Out New York
Work Out New York
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Yoga
Yoga
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
NBA
NBA
The Skinny
The Skinny
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Namaste
Namaste
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
How to Stay Fit as You Age
How to Stay Fit as You Age
NFL Insiders
NFL Insiders
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Self
Self
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
Anytime Yoga
Anytime Yoga
Jillian Michaels for Beginners: Frontside
Jillian Michaels for Beginners: Frontside
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Toning Workouts
Toning Workouts
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
M80
M80
New Pollution
New Pollution
Pull
Pull
Shape Up
Shape Up
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Slim & Sexy
Slim & Sexy
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Supersize vs Superskinny (US)
Supersize vs Superskinny (US)
Total Body Trainer
Total Body Trainer
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
The Perfect Bum
The Perfect Bum
GaiamTV
GaiamTV
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
Super Callanetics
Super Callanetics
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
TheGymbox Workouts On Demand
TheGymbox Workouts On Demand
Best Breed Ever!
Best Breed Ever!
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Shiva Rea: Core Yoga
Shiva Rea: Core Yoga
Yoga For Flexibility
Yoga For Flexibility
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn
The Daniel Plan: In Action
The Daniel Plan: In Action
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Fantasy Fix
Fantasy Fix
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
LiveMojo
LiveMojo
The Matty Blake Show
The Matty Blake Show
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
WarMojo
WarMojo