Health & Fitness TV Shows

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
NHL
NHL
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
TVG
TVG
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
AM / PM Callanetics
AM / PM Callanetics
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Extreme Celebrity Detox
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
MOVE!
MOVE!
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Wicked Fit
Wicked Fit
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
Richard Simmons: Party Off the Pounds
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Dr. Fuhrman's End Dieting Forever!
Stott Pilates: Fitness Fun - Pilates for Kids
Stott Pilates: Fitness Fun - Pilates for Kids
BeFit in 30: Extreme
BeFit in 30: Extreme
Pull
Pull
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
Beauty First
Beauty First
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Osho: Emotional Wellness
Sexy Summer Body
Sexy Summer Body
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Jillian Michaels Mini Workouts
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Shanti Yoga
Shanti Yoga
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Howdini Diet & Fitness
Back Strength Workouts
Back Strength Workouts
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
Denise Austin: Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Jane Fonda AM / PM Yoga for Beginners
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yoga
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Jessica Smith's 10lbs Down: Better Body Blast
Howcast Sports & Fitness
Howcast Sports & Fitness
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
A.M. / P.M. Meditation
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Step Up Revolution: Hip Hop Cardio Burn
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes
Sydney ER
Sydney ER
Health Issues: Alzheimer's
Health Issues: Alzheimer's
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
E.D.G.E. Workouts: The KIDS E.D.G.E. Workouts
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Exhale: Core Fusion Thighs & Glutes
Inner Splendor Yoga
Inner Splendor Yoga
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Gaiam TV What's Really In Our Food?
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics
Stott Pilates: Active for Life
Stott Pilates: Active for Life
Total Body Challenge - Walk
Total Body Challenge - Walk
Exhale: Core Fusion Cardio - Pure Intensity
Exhale: Core Fusion Cardio - Pure Intensity
R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge
R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge
Exhale: Core Fusion - Lean & Toned
Exhale: Core Fusion - Lean & Toned
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy
Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy
Denise Austin: Yoga Body Burn
Denise Austin: Yoga Body Burn
Exhale: Core Fusion Yoga: Energy Flow
Exhale: Core Fusion Yoga: Energy Flow
Dance & Be Fit: Latin Groove
Dance & Be Fit: Latin Groove
Exhale: Core Fusion - Pilates Plus
Exhale: Core Fusion - Pilates Plus
Yoga to the Rescue for Neck & Shoulders
Yoga to the Rescue for Neck & Shoulders
My Yoga: Hatha Yoga with Cameron Gilley
My Yoga: Hatha Yoga with Cameron Gilley
Dancing With Danni, The Run Dance
Dancing With Danni, The Run Dance
Rachel Brathen Yoga: Release & Let Go!
Rachel Brathen Yoga: Release & Let Go!
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open