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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Ebola
Ebola
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
NBA
NBA
NHL
NHL
TVG
TVG
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
The Incurables
The Incurables
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Ann Smith Senior Fitness
Ann Smith Senior Fitness
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
The Skinny
The Skinny
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
The Biggest Loser: Boot Camp
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Yoga
Yoga
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
Yoga Conditioning for Athletes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Gaiam Pilates
Gaiam Pilates
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Namaste
Namaste
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
HealthDay TV
HealthDay TV
The Body Holiday
The Body Holiday
Inner Splendor Yoga
Inner Splendor Yoga
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
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
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Beauty First
Beauty First
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Fusion
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Health Watch
Health Watch
Dance and Be Fit
Dance and Be Fit
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone
Sport Science
Sport Science
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss
The Firm: Turbocharge Weight Loss
Ten Zen Tummy Toners
Ten Zen Tummy Toners
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Fit For Duty
Fit For Duty
Fit Body Yoga With Gwen Lawrence
Fit Body Yoga With Gwen Lawrence
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
GaiamTV
GaiamTV
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Life
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Life
Yoga for Weightloss With Colleen Saidman
Yoga for Weightloss With Colleen Saidman