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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The Challenge
The Challenge
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Hollywood Cycle
Hollywood Cycle
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
BeFit Yoga: 10 Minute Yoga Daily Fix
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
Cardio Burn Balance Ball
Cardio Burn Balance Ball
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Cancer Stories
Cancer Stories
Total Cardio
Total Cardio
Advanced Yoga
Advanced Yoga
Snowboard Diaries
Snowboard Diaries
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Hatha Yoga Poses Mastery
Hatha Yoga Poses Mastery
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
NBA
NBA
Dance Party
Dance Party
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Beginning Callanetics
Beginning Callanetics
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
The Mantras of Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes
Insomnia
Insomnia
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
Wolrd Surf League Tour
Wolrd Surf League Tour
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Ballet Beautiful Sculpt & Burn Cardio Blast
Jillian Michaels: Extreme Shed and Shred
Jillian Michaels: Extreme Shed and Shred
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Self
Self
Sydney ER
Sydney ER
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
Gaiam Celebrity Fitness
Gaiam Celebrity Fitness
Strikeforce
Strikeforce
Shanti Yoga
Shanti Yoga
Stott Pilates: Golf Series
Stott Pilates: Golf Series
Gaiam: Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Beauty
Gaiam: Maya Fiennes Yoga for Real Beauty
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Trudie Styler's Sculpt and Tone Ballet
Dance and Be Fit: Carnaval Workout
Dance and Be Fit: Carnaval Workout
TVG
TVG
Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter
Beginning Yoga With Chrissy Carter
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Gaiam: Rachel Brathen Yoga- Find Your Purpose
Gaiam: Rachel Brathen Yoga- Find Your Purpose
Living Well with Dr. Oz Garcia
Living Well with Dr. Oz Garcia
Mari Winsor: Slimming Pilates
Mari Winsor: Slimming Pilates
Integrative Medicine: Cancer and Nutrition
Integrative Medicine: Cancer and Nutrition
TheGymbox Workouts On Demand
TheGymbox Workouts On Demand
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Best Breed Ever!
Best Breed Ever!
Supersize vs Superskinny (US)
Supersize vs Superskinny (US)
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
Denise Austin: Bikini Ready Body
M80
M80
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Yoga
Yoga
Cardio Sculpt
Cardio Sculpt
Healing Quest
Healing Quest
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
Trudie Styler's Cardio Dance Flow
The Matty Blake Show
The Matty Blake Show
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
The Firm: Get Chisel'd
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout
Gaiam Personal Development
Gaiam Personal Development
5 Day Fit Abs
5 Day Fit Abs
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Weight Loss
PrayFit 33-Day Body Toning System
PrayFit 33-Day Body Toning System
The Firm: Flat Abs Solution
The Firm: Flat Abs Solution
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Ayurveda
Ayurveda
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Sport Science
Sport Science
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Conversations with Norma Kamali
The Situation Workout
The Situation Workout
Gaiam Fitness
Gaiam Fitness
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Booty Bounce
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp
Skinny Bitch Fitness: Boot Camp