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
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
TVG
TVG
NBA
NBA
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Sport Science
Sport Science
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
NHL
NHL
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Wellness Through Yoga
Wellness Through Yoga
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
BeFit in 90 Workout System
BeFit in 90 Workout System
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
HealthDay TV
HealthDay TV
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Shiva Rea: Daily Energy - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Gaiam Pilates
Gaiam Pilates
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
The Goddess Workout
The Goddess Workout
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Slim & Sexy
Slim & Sexy
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Denise Austin: Hit the Spot Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms
Buns of Steel, Sculpting  and Toning
Buns of Steel, Sculpting and Toning
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Abs of Steel, Sculpting and Toning
Abs of Steel, Sculpting and Toning
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Energy
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Energy
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Buff Moms to Be
Buff Moms to Be