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
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
TVG
TVG
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
NBA
NBA
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Nought to Five
Nought to Five
MOVE!
MOVE!
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
NHL
NHL
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
Shape Up
Shape Up
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Love Handles
Love Handles
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
The Revolution
The Revolution
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
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Harley's 5-Factor Workout
Harley's 5-Factor Workout
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
The Firm: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
The Firm: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Healing Quest
Healing Quest
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Insane Abs
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Insane Abs
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Fantasy Fix
Fantasy Fix
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
LiveMojo
LiveMojo
M80
M80
The Matty Blake Show
The Matty Blake Show
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
New Pollution
New Pollution
Pull
Pull
WarMojo
WarMojo
WWE Extras
WWE Extras
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
College Sports Minute
College Sports Minute
Ford Ironman World Championship
Ford Ironman World Championship
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Bikini Body Makeover
Bikini Body Makeover
Envy Girls
Envy Girls
Beauty First
Beauty First
Self
Self
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
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
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
Snowboard Diaries
Snowboard Diaries
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
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: 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
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
January Jumpstart
January Jumpstart
Sport Science
Sport Science
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
Xtreme Calorie Burn
Xtreme Calorie Burn
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Wisdom of the World
Wisdom of the World
Sexy Summer Body
Sexy Summer Body
The Situation Workout
The Situation Workout