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
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
NHL
NHL
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
TVG
TVG
NBA
NBA
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Recover
Recover
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Yoga
Yoga
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Sexy Summer Body
Sexy Summer Body
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Dance Party
Dance Party
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
The Skinny
The Skinny
The Revolution
The Revolution
GaiamTV
GaiamTV
Namaste
Namaste
Denise Austin: Body Makeover Mix
Denise Austin: Body Makeover Mix
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
MOVE!
MOVE!
Core
Core
Ebola
Ebola
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
NFL Insiders
NFL Insiders
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Sport Science
Sport Science
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
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
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
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
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
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
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
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
Love Handles
Love Handles
Xtreme Calorie Burn
Xtreme Calorie Burn