Health & Fitness TV Shows

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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
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
NHL
NHL
Addicted to Sweat
Addicted to Sweat
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
Wisdom with Deepak Chopra
Wisdom with Deepak Chopra
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
The Biggest Loser: Last Chance Workout
The Biggest Loser: Last Chance Workout
Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter
Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga
Buff Moms to Be
Buff Moms to Be
5 Day Fit Pilates
5 Day Fit Pilates
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Shiva Rea's Mama & Baby Yoga
Shiva Rea's Mama & Baby Yoga
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
A.M. Yoga for Your Week
A.M. Yoga for Your Week
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Jessica Smith Cross Training for Fitness
Jessica Smith Cross Training for Fitness
Nought to Five
Nought to Five
Pull
Pull
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Restorative Exercise for Strong Bones
Cardio Sculpt
Cardio Sculpt
Travel Workouts
Travel Workouts
Health Issues: Alzheimer's
Health Issues: Alzheimer's
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
The Firm: Time Crunch Cardio
The Firm: Time Crunch Cardio
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
Advanced Yoga
Advanced Yoga
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
New Pollution
New Pollution
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Brooke Burke Body
Brooke Burke Body
BeFit in 90 Workout System
BeFit in 90 Workout System
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
True Beginner
True Beginner
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
Quick Callanetics
Quick Callanetics
The Body Holiday
The Body Holiday
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Fit & Strong
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Fit & Strong
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Mari Winsor: Slimming Pilates
Mari Winsor: Slimming Pilates
Denise Austin: 3-Week Boot Camp
Denise Austin: 3-Week Boot Camp
Denise Austin: Boot Camp - Total Body Blast
Denise Austin: Boot Camp - Total Body Blast
Mari Winsor's Lower Body Pilates
Mari Winsor's Lower Body Pilates
Buff Brides
Buff Brides
Namaste
Namaste
Denise Austin: Best Bun & Leg Shapers
Denise Austin: Best Bun & Leg Shapers
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
Denise Austin: Hit The Spot - Core Complete
Denise Austin: Hit The Spot - Core Complete
Denise Austin: Fat-Burning Dance Mix
Denise Austin: Fat-Burning Dance Mix
Quickstart Pilates for Weight Loss
Quickstart Pilates for Weight Loss
Denise Austin: Body Makeover Mix
Denise Austin: Body Makeover Mix
The Goddess Workout
The Goddess Workout
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Hip Hop Ballroom
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Hip Hop Ballroom
Maya Fiennes' Yoga for Real Beauty
Maya Fiennes' Yoga for Real Beauty
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Body
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Body
Billy Blanks: Bootcamp S.O.S. Sweat Off the Sizes
Billy Blanks: Bootcamp S.O.S. Sweat Off the Sizes
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Corepower Yoga for Beginners
Corepower Yoga for Beginners