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
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Diabetes
Diabetes
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
The Firm: Time Crunch Cardio
The Firm: Time Crunch Cardio
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Namaste
Namaste
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
The Firm: 500 Calorie Workout
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Ballet Beautiful Body Blast
Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Beginners
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six-Pack
MOVE!
MOVE!
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Ripped In 30
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Insomnia
Insomnia
TVG
TVG
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Express
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Self
Self
Dance Party
Dance Party
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga
Kathryn Budig Aim True Yoga
Yoga
Yoga
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Leslie Sansone, 4 Mile Power Walk
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
The Incurables
The Incurables
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
Leslie Sansone, Belly Blasting Walk
25 HIIT Workout Training Cardio for Beginner
25 HIIT Workout Training Cardio for Beginner
Mari Winsor Pilates
Mari Winsor Pilates
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Walk Away the Pounds - High Calorie Burn 2 Mile
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
Wolrd Surf League Tour
Wolrd Surf League Tour
Guyoga - Yoga For Men
Guyoga - Yoga For Men
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 5 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
Leslie Sansone, Walk to the HITS: Party Songs
NBA
NBA
Ayurveda
Ayurveda
Fitness Challenge
Fitness Challenge
The Great Ride Open
The Great Ride Open
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Rodney Yee: Power Up Yoga
Rodney Yee: Power Up Yoga
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Women's Health: Look Better Naked!
Yoga Works
Yoga Works
Operation Osmin
Operation Osmin
WWE Extras
WWE Extras
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
Ignite by SPRI 900 Calorie Burn
Ignite by SPRI 900 Calorie Burn
Wisdom of the World
Wisdom of the World
The Biggest Loser Workout
The Biggest Loser Workout
Wicked Fit
Wicked Fit
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Classic
Bobby Flay Fit
Bobby Flay Fit
NHL
NHL
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Ali MacGraw, Yoga, Mind & Body
Advanced Yoga
Advanced Yoga
Six Pack Abs
Six Pack Abs
Shape Up
Shape Up
The Firm: Flat Abs Solution
The Firm: Flat Abs Solution
My Yoga: Vinyasa with Clara Roberts-Oss
My Yoga: Vinyasa with Clara Roberts-Oss
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
Jillian Michaels: Killer Buns & Thighs
SuperCars Exposed
SuperCars Exposed
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Rodney Yee's Ultimate Power Yoga
Xtreme Calorie Burn
Xtreme Calorie Burn
The Perfect Bum
The Perfect Bum
Pregnancy for Dummies
Pregnancy for Dummies
Yasmin Yoga
Yasmin Yoga
Hashtag STI
Hashtag STI
Yoga Zone
Yoga Zone
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
WWE Fit Series, Stephanie McMahon
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Menopause
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Menopause
Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga
Trudie Styler's Weight Loss Yoga
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Mari Winsor Cardio Pilates
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Shiva Rea Prenatal Yoga
Jessica Smith Cross Training for Fitness
Jessica Smith Cross Training for Fitness
Conversations with Norma Kamali
Conversations with Norma Kamali
The Situation Workout
The Situation Workout