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