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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Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
NBA
NBA
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
NHL
NHL
TVG
TVG
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Ebola
Ebola
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body
Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Maya Fiennes' Yoga for Real Beauty
Maya Fiennes' Yoga for Real Beauty
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Buff Moms
Buff Moms
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Sport Science
Sport Science
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
MOVE!
MOVE!
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Calorie Killer with Colleen Saidman
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Yoga
Yoga
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Cardio Burn Walking For Weight Loss
Cardio Burn Walking For Weight Loss
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Arthritis
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
Blissology: Earth.Body.Yoga.
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
The Biggest Loser: Power Walk
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
The Skinny
The Skinny
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Bethenny's Skinnygirl Workout
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
The Incurables
The Incurables
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Cardio Burn Yoga
Cardio Burn Yoga
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Trudie Styler's Strengthen & Restore Yoga
Zen Body Toners
Zen Body Toners
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Dose with Dr. Billy
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
The Biggest Loser Cardio Max Weight Loss
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Power Boxing Workout with Marlen Esparza
Stott Pilates: Fitness Circle
Stott Pilates: Fitness Circle
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Beauty First
Beauty First
Inner Splendor Yoga
Inner Splendor Yoga
Stott Pilates: Active for Life
Stott Pilates: Active for Life
R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge
R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Stott Pilates: Fitness Fun - Pilates for Kids
Stott Pilates: Fitness Fun - Pilates for Kids
Stott Pilates: Circuit Training On the Mat
Stott Pilates: Circuit Training On the Mat
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
The Biggest Loser: Cardio Max
Exhale: Core Fusion - Lean & Toned
Exhale: Core Fusion - Lean & Toned
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Exhale: Core Fusion Cardio - Pure Intensity
Exhale: Core Fusion Cardio - Pure Intensity
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights