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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NBA
NBA
MOVE!
MOVE!
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
NHL
NHL
TVG
TVG
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
10 Pound Slimdown
10 Pound Slimdown
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
DailyBurn Inferno
DailyBurn Inferno
AM / PM Callanetics
AM / PM Callanetics
Pull
Pull
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Sport Science
Sport Science
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Yoga Works
Yoga Works
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
FitSugarTV
FitSugarTV
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
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
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Yoga
Yoga
Yoga for Belly, Butt & Thighs with Chrissy Carter
Yoga for Belly, Butt & Thighs with Chrissy Carter
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Total Body Challenge - Walk
Total Body Challenge - Walk
CosmoBody: Slim Down and De-Stress in 7 Days
CosmoBody: Slim Down and De-Stress in 7 Days
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
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Bikini Body Makeover
Bikini Body Makeover
Shape Up
Shape Up
Envy Girls
Envy Girls
Beauty First
Beauty First
Self
Self
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Fusion
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
Bishop Fulton Sheen: Timeless Wisdom for Those Coping with Alcoholism
Bishop Fulton Sheen: Timeless Wisdom for Those Coping with Alcoholism
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Dance Party
Dance Party
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Snowboard Diaries
Snowboard Diaries
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