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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Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
TVG
TVG
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Friday Night SmackDown
Friday Night SmackDown
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
MOVE!
MOVE!
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
Hollywood Cycle
Hollywood Cycle
The Incurables
The Incurables
AM / PM Callanetics
AM / PM Callanetics
The Skinny
The Skinny
Buns of Steel, Sculpting  and Toning
Buns of Steel, Sculpting and Toning
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
NHL
NHL
Dance Party
Dance Party
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Best of Beginners Yoga
Best of Beginners Yoga
NBA
NBA
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Sport Science
Sport Science
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Toning Workouts
Toning Workouts
Fun Cardio Workouts
Fun Cardio Workouts
Billy Blanks Jr. Dance Party Boot Camp
Billy Blanks Jr. Dance Party Boot Camp
Brooke Burke Body
Brooke Burke Body
Bobby Flay Fit
Bobby Flay Fit
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
A.M. / P.M. Tai Chi for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
DailyBurn Inferno
DailyBurn Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
BeFit in 30: Extreme
BeFit in 30: Extreme
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
Pull
Pull
WWE Extras
WWE Extras
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Bikini Body Makeover
Bikini Body Makeover
Self
Self
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Summer Slimmers
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Exercise TV: Yoga & Pilates
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Get Fit, Stay Fit
Get Fit, Stay Fit
True Vision 4 Success
True Vision 4 Success
Love Handles
Love Handles
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
10 Pound Slimdown
10 Pound Slimdown
Body By Bethenny
Body By Bethenny
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
Be a Knockout With Kendra
Be a Knockout With Kendra
Valerie Bertinelli - Losing It and Keeping Fit
Valerie Bertinelli - Losing It and Keeping Fit
Yoga Works
Yoga Works
Pilates Body Makeover
Pilates Body Makeover
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
The Revolution (ABC)
The Revolution (ABC)
Remedy Me
Remedy Me
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
FitSugarTV
FitSugarTV
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack and Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack and Yoga Meltdown
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Jane Fonda Prime Time: Firm & Burn
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Prayfit: 33- Day Total Body Challenge
Shanti Yoga
Shanti Yoga
HealthiNation
HealthiNation
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Step Up Revolution Dance Workout
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Jillian Michaels: Hard Body
Addicted to Sweat
Addicted to Sweat
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
Rodney Yee's Core Centered Yoga
The Perfect Bum
The Perfect Bum
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley
GaiamTV
GaiamTV
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Energy
Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Energy