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
NHL
NHL
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
TVG
TVG
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
NBA
NBA
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Yoga
Yoga
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Toning Workouts
Toning Workouts
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
MOVE!
MOVE!
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Pull
Pull
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Shape Up
Shape Up
Self
Self
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Sport Science
Sport Science
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Namaste
Namaste
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Rodney Yee's Back Care Yoga
Rodney Yee's Back Care Yoga
Beginning Callanetics
Beginning Callanetics
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
E.D.G.E. Workouts, Cardio Kickboxing Workout
E.D.G.E. Workouts, Cardio Kickboxing Workout
Recover
Recover
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Ebola
Ebola
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Denise Austin: Yoga Booty Barre
Denise Austin: Yoga Booty Barre
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
AM / PM Callanetics
AM / PM Callanetics
Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa
Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fantasy Fix
Fantasy Fix
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
LiveMojo
LiveMojo
M80
M80
The Matty Blake Show
The Matty Blake Show
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
New Pollution
New Pollution
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
WarMojo
WarMojo
WWE Extras
WWE Extras
College Sports Minute
College Sports Minute
Ford Ironman World Championship
Ford Ironman World Championship
Bikini Body Makeover
Bikini Body Makeover
Envy Girls
Envy Girls
Beauty First
Beauty First
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
The Journey 2010: Big Ten Basketball
The Journey 2010: Big Ten Basketball
The Art of Women's Health
The Art of Women's Health
Amazing Babies
Amazing Babies
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Bishop Fulton Sheen: Timeless Wisdom for Those Coping with Alcoholism
Bishop Fulton Sheen: Timeless Wisdom for Those Coping with Alcoholism
Dance Party
Dance Party
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Snowboard Diaries
Snowboard Diaries
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Slim & Sexy
Slim & Sexy
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Eric the Trainer
Eric the Trainer
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Health Gets Personal
Health Gets Personal
Integrative Medicine: Cancer and Nutrition
Integrative Medicine: Cancer and Nutrition
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone
Tone & Sculpt
Tone & Sculpt
January Jumpstart
January Jumpstart
Gaiam's Wake Up Workout
Gaiam's Wake Up Workout
True Vision 4 Success
True Vision 4 Success
30 Days 'Til I Do
30 Days 'Til I Do