Health & Fitness TV Shows

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.

The Challenge
The Challenge
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
MOVE!
MOVE!
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Jillian Michaels: Killer Arms & Back
Jillian Michaels: Killer Arms & Back
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
The Firm: Cardio Dance Club
Advanced Yoga
Advanced Yoga
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
The Firm: Bootcamp 101
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Faith Hunter Yoga - Spiritually Fly
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Patrick Beach Yoga - Operation Take Flight
Cardio Burn Walking For Weight Loss
Cardio Burn Walking For Weight Loss
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
TVG
TVG
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Total Body Challenge - Walk
Total Body Challenge - Walk
Mickey's Mousekersize
Mickey's Mousekersize
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
The Perfect Bum
The Perfect Bum
Self
Self
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Namaste
Namaste
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Dance Party
Dance Party
Leslie Sansone, 3 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 3 Mega Miles
Denise Austin: Fat Burning Walk
Denise Austin: Fat Burning Walk
Beginning Callanetics
Beginning Callanetics
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Quick Callanetics
Quick Callanetics
Diabetes
Diabetes
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Hip Hop Ballroom
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Hip Hop Ballroom
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Nought to Five
Nought to Five
Yoga Works
Yoga Works
Extreme Male Beauty
Extreme Male Beauty
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
Ayurveda
Ayurveda
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights
The Firm: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
The Firm: Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
Jillian Michaels: Extreme Shed and Shred
Jillian Michaels: Extreme Shed and Shred
Rodney Yee: Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief
Rodney Yee: Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Anytime Yoga
Anytime Yoga
Insomnia
Insomnia
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's Yoga for Beginners
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Rodney Yee Complete Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee Complete Yoga for Beginners
ExerciseTV
ExerciseTV
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Denise Austin: Fit in a Flash
Denise Austin: Fit in a Flash
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Everyday Yoga With Rodney Yee
Everyday Yoga With Rodney Yee
Downsize Me
Downsize Me
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Yoga For Anxiety
Yoga For Anxiety
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Shanti Yoga
Shanti Yoga
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Body by Jake: Rock Hard Body
Body by Jake: Rock Hard Body
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Two Fit Moms Yoga: It's Never Too Late
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Everyone
How to Stay Fit as You Age
How to Stay Fit as You Age