How to Use Your TV to Get Fit

Fitness: Get Fit

By: // August 15, 2013

Who said sitting in front of the TV wasn’t good for your health? A new wave of health-conscious shows are inspiring viewers to get active and live healthy. From fitness reality shows that push contestants beyond their limits, to cooking shows that offer healthy recipes, these programs can give you the knowledge and motivation to change your life. So sit back and flip on the TV. (Or better yet, hop on your treadmill or sit on your exercise ball!) Once you’ve watched these shows, maybe you’ll be energized to get active and eat healthier.

The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser has produced some of the most memorable moments in reality TV history. Trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince are tough on contestants, and rarely will you get through an episode without seeing an emotional breakdown. That’s not the main reason viewers keep coming back, however. The Biggest Loser appeals to so many because of its life-changing results. Yes, there are some people who feel it’s gotten too extreme and sensationalized. But the show is truly changing lives and motivating people and the viewership proves it. In Season 14, winner Danni Allen dropped from 258 pounds to 137 pounds, a life-changing (and possibly life-saving) achievement. Like anyone trying to lose weight, contestants have to be mentally and physically strong. The Biggest Loser shows us that the pay off is almost always worth it.

Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger
Flavor-of-the-week diets all claim to be the magic bullet of health. “Buy our book to unlock the secrets of eating anything you want and losing weight!” I mean, honestly-how do we keep falling for that promise? There is no quick fix and Nutritionist Ellie Krieger knows better. On her show, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, she reveals practical tips to to shop and eat healthy. Viewers don’t have to worry about outlandish claims. Krieger knows the secret to a healthy life is healthy habits. (I met Ellie at QVC and she is truly the real deal.) On recent episodes, she outlined a healthy whole wheat alternative to traditional pancakes. If you’re looking for reasonable health-conscious recipes, tune in to Healthy Appetite on the Food Network.

Are You Fitter Than a Senior?
Wouldn’t we all like to stay young forever? On Are You Fitter Than a Senior? young contestants learn that their age advantage doesn’t always equate to better health. Young people take a break from their unhealthy lifestyles to compete against four seniors. Most of the time, the old folks win. Along with an entertaining premise, Are You Fitter Than a Senior? also offers wise tips on how to stay healthy and extend your life. If nothing else, you’ll be encouraged by how active the featured seniors remain as they get older.

The Chew
Take a seat at the table with some of the best cooking minds in the worth. The Chew is a daytime talk show on ABC that takes its format from the similarly named show The View. Okay, so I don’t watch daytime TV but I did take the time to check out this show and I must say it’s kind of fun! The cast includes Mario Batali, Carla Hall from Top Chef and Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear. With so much food royalty, you won’t be able to watch The Chew without picking up some delicious, nutritious tips.

So skip the plopping down on the couch part and move your body while you tune in to some TV motivation that’s actually good for your mind and your bottom!

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on August 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM Reply

Actually, studies have shown that people who watch shows like "The Biggest Loser" are less inclined to exercise because they associated it more with the suffering than the results. (People throwing up, having the training step on them, humiliate them etc.) When will there be a show about a common sense approach to health, like "Health At Every Size?" Oh, wait! It would never get viewers because there's no drama, no voyeurism, and no advertisers. If you feel good about yourself, you won't buy their products.

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