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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NBA
NBA
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
TVG
TVG
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Wellness Through Yoga
Wellness Through Yoga
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Envy Girls
Envy Girls
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Yoga Fusion
Yoga Fusion
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
M80
M80
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Mari Winsor Flat Abs Pilates
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
Total Body Challenge: Pilates
HealthiNation
HealthiNation
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Fibromyalgia
The Perfect Bum
The Perfect Bum
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
The Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Gaiam Pilates
Gaiam Pilates
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
BeFit in 90 Workout System
BeFit in 90 Workout System
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
New Pollution
New Pollution
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
NHL
NHL
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
T'ai Chi Daily Practice
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
The Goddess Workout
The Goddess Workout
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Yoga
Yoga
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga
Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Mari Winsor's Beginner's Pilates
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Health Watch
Health Watch
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
HealthDay TV
HealthDay TV
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp Workout
Nought to Five
Nought to Five
Buff Moms to Be
Buff Moms to Be
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
The Firm: Ignite Calorie Burn
The Firm: Ignite Calorie Burn
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
Fit For Duty
Fit For Duty
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms
The Firm: Transfirmer - Jiggle Free Arms