TV Training: Channel Surfin’ for Health & Fitness

Pittsburgh Health & FitnessTelevision and fitness don’t usually go together, but this season’s new health-centered programs might make these two arch enemies more compatible than ever. Especially with the record-high temperatures this summer, it makes sense to work on getting fit in the comfortable, air-conditioned indoors instead of out in the dehydrating heat. To explore some of the top shows to put on your DVR list, check out these four shows to watch.

‘The Biggest Loser’

If you need an extra boost of motivation, there’s nothing like working out to NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” However, the most motivating factor about the show isn’t just the fast weight-loss fix, but seeing the struggles and failures of the contestants, as well. The show offers more than just motivation they also give you the tools to make it happen. With diet and exercise tips led by experts along the way, you can take notes and get your own routine moving.

‘Total Body Sculpt with Gilad’

Not just for insomniacs, Discovery’s Fit & Health network features morning programming of the handsome Gilad and his irresistible foreign accent. The show starts with a quick warm up, then brings in light to medium hand weights. After this intense strength training, Gilad will work your hips, buttocks, thighs, abs, arms and shoulders with a combination of cardio, kickboxing and martial arts — and all before breakfast.

‘Losing It with Jillian Michaels’

First gaining popularity from “The Biggest Loser,” personal trainer Jillian Michaels is onto bigger and better things with her new TV show “Losing It with Jillian Michaels.” Devoted to helping families across the country abandon unhealthy habits and get back in shape. Jillian uses her signature no-nonsense attitude to coach families through a diet and exercise routine designed to get them back on track. Just like “The Biggest Loser,” the show outlines their struggles and illustrates the importance of getting fit to maintain a strong support system.

Extra tip: If you’re inspired by the show, get online and check out Jillian’s website for tips, tricks and maybe even start your own regimen.

‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’

Aside from the benefits of better health, one major perk of getting fit is to look and feel good about you. ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” takes in volunteers from all around the country who want to lose weight and improve their lifestyle through the expert training of Chris Powell. Although the show specifically helps individuals with extreme weight problems such as morbid obesity, viewers of all kinds can benefit from Powell’s diet and exercise tips, as well as advice on how to make healthy habits more practical for the average American.

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