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
Hollywood Cycle
Hollywood Cycle
Fit to Fat to Fit
Fit to Fat to Fit
Embarrassing Bodies
Embarrassing Bodies
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
JILLIAN MICHAELS: 30 DAY SHRED
Trauma: Life In the ER
Trauma: Life In the ER
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
My 600 lb Life Where Are They Now?
Insomnia
Insomnia
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
The Dr. Oz Show
The Dr. Oz Show
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Jillian Michaels: Body Revolution, Phase 1 - Ignite
Mystery Diagnosis
Mystery Diagnosis
Sit and Be Fit
Sit and Be Fit
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Richard Simmons: Sweatin' to the Oldies
Super Soul Sunday
Super Soul Sunday
WWE Classics
WWE Classics
NBA
NBA
Sport Science
Sport Science
Self
Self
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred
Namaste
Namaste
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Total Body Sculpt with Gilad
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Billy Blanks This Is Tae Bo
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee's A.M. & P.M. Yoga for Beginners
Crunch
Crunch
The Daniel Plan Video Bible Study
The Daniel Plan Video Bible Study
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Inferno
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Insomnia
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Callanetics: 10 Years Younger in 10 Hours
Beginners Yoga with Tessa
Beginners Yoga with Tessa
TVG
TVG
Yoga For Flexibility
Yoga For Flexibility
WWE Power Series, Triple H
WWE Power Series, Triple H
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Sit and Be Fit Fitness Collection
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
Rhythmica-Dance Cardio Party
Healing Quest
Healing Quest
Recover
Recover
Core
Core
MOVE!
MOVE!
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
Billy Blanks Tae Bo Cardio Explosion
MMA Fight Weekly
MMA Fight Weekly
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone, 3 Mega Miles
Leslie Sansone, 3 Mega Miles
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Jillian Michaels: One Week Shred
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Yoga Today, Slim Down & Tone Up
Qigong for Beginners
Qigong for Beginners
Ninja Warrior
Ninja Warrior
The Skinny
The Skinny
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
BeFit: 30-Day Butt Lift
Advanced Yoga
Advanced Yoga
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
What to Expect When You're Expecting - The Workout
Fields of Glory
Fields of Glory
Brooke Burke Body
Brooke Burke Body
Fitness Challenge
Fitness Challenge
Yoga Classes
Yoga Classes
Diabetes
Diabetes
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Jillian Michaels: Killer Body
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke
Menopause
Menopause
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
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Jive, Jump, Ballroom Bump
Lisa Rinna Dance Body Beautiful: Jive, Jump, Ballroom Bump
Trudie Styler Core Strength Pilates
Trudie Styler Core Strength Pilates
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
Made to Crave Action Plan Video Bible Study
Made to Crave Action Plan Video Bible Study
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
New Year, New You
New Year, New You
Secrets of Callanetics
Secrets of Callanetics
Health Watch
Health Watch
Super Callanetics
Super Callanetics
ELLE Fitness
ELLE Fitness
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Gaiam: CorePower Yoga - Calorie Blast Yoga
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Mari Winsor's Pink Ribbon Pilates
Beginning Callanetics
Beginning Callanetics
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
5 Day Fit: Trouble Zone Solutions
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Gaiam: Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Cardio Burn Balance Ball
Cardio Burn Balance Ball
Quickstart Yoga
Quickstart Yoga
Sydney ER
Sydney ER
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge
3-in-1 Total Body Fitness with Desi Bartlett
3-in-1 Total Body Fitness with Desi Bartlett
Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa
Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa
Jillian Michaels: 10 Minute Total Body Transformation
Jillian Michaels: 10 Minute Total Body Transformation
The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg
The Science of Healing with Dr. Esther Sternberg
Gaiam: Weight Loss Yoga Collection
Gaiam: Weight Loss Yoga Collection
Fat Loss Mindset
Fat Loss Mindset
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Jillian Michaels: Kickbox Fastfix
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam: Rodney Yee Yoga for Your Week
Gaiam Celebrity Fitness
Gaiam Celebrity Fitness