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
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
TVG
TVG
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
NBA
NBA
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
The Incurables
The Incurables
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
NHL
NHL
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Gaiam Pilates
Gaiam Pilates
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
The Goddess Workout
The Goddess Workout
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
The Biggest Loser: 6 Week Cardio Crush
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Seane Corn: Detox Flow Yoga
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
HealthDay TV
HealthDay TV
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
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)
Nought to Five
Nought to Five
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Health Watch
Health Watch
BeFit in 90 Workout System
BeFit in 90 Workout System
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Sport Science
Sport Science
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
MOVE!
MOVE!
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Envy Girls
Envy Girls
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
GaiamTV
GaiamTV
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Buff Moms to Be
Buff Moms to Be
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Fit For Duty
Fit For Duty
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Howcast Health
Howcast Health
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss