Top Summer TV Programs for Health & Fitness



Summer has arrived, and you’re looking forward to spending time in the great outdoors. But chances are you will be driven inside on at least one or two occasions by a combination of pesky insects and even peskier humidity. Spending time in the luxury of air conditioning doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your fitness goals; you simply will need to be a bit more creative about how you accomplish them. Tuning in to one of the following health and fitness television programs should give you a great start:

30-Minute Meals

Healthy eating is a huge part of the weight loss and maintenance equation, but as you may have already discovered, nutritious food can be super expensive! In her popular “30 Minute Meals” show, celebrity chef Rachael Ray shows how you can prepare tasty meals that are both health and affordable … and in under half an hour, to boot! “30 Minute Meals” with Rachel Ray airs on the Food Network but is also available for viewing via Hulu and Netflix.

Home Made In America

Often, the best chefs with the healthiest recipes work from home as yet another show from Food Network proves. In this series, Sunny Anderson visits the nation’s best home cooks and reveals their best-kept secrets to creating healthy and delicious meals.

Wake Up and Work Out!

Featured on Oprah’s OWN channel and available for streaming on Hulu Plus, “Gaiam’s Wake Up Work Out” offers users an easy means of getting a healthy start to the day. This series serves as an excellent sampler for anyone looking to try a new type of exercise in the comfort of his or her own home. Featured workouts include Pilates, yoga, dancing and cardio, among others. Variety of the spice of life, which is why the show is your ideal fitness program!

‘Gaiam Celebrity Fitness’

Another great series from fitness producer Gaiam, “Celebrity Fitness” features hardcore workouts from some of the most influential celebrity trailers. Highlighted celebrities include Jillian Michaels, Sugar Ray Leonard, Laila Ali, Kathryn Budig and Trudie Styler. Viewers can enjoy a wide array of workouts, including cardio, sculpting, yoga and kickboxing. These videos are available for instant access on Hulu Plus.

‘In Shape With Sharon Mann’

Aired on Fit TV, “In Shape With Sharon Mann” is exemplified by a common sense approach to fitness and nutrition. Host Sharon Mann has been distinguished with the award for Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year. It’s clear she earned this distinction for a reason, for Sharon’s enthusiasm makes working out and eating a whole lot more fun for even the most reluctant couch potato.

Between unhealthy foods at barbecues and sticky weather that inhibits exercise motivation, summer can be a lot more difficult of a season for fitness and nutrition than one might expect. But wellness television programs offered through cable and satellite streaming make the prospect of healthy living a lot more appealing. Next time you make a dash for your air conditioner, turn on your TV and tune in to a fitness or nutrition show! Your body will thank you later.