The 10 Best TV Shows to Watch on the Treadmill or Elliptical

It’s no surprise that many collegiettes love to be healthy – or at least strive to adopt a healthy lifestyle. However, even the most active, fitness-savvy girl has days when her motivation to hit the gym is, well… nonexistent. And in moments of weakness, snuggling up with your favorite blanket while watching endless hours of reality TV really seems like the better option.

But don’t succumb to the couch just yet! We’re here to help you overcome those days of nonexistent motivation so you can get your butt to the gym. How? This list we’ve compiled of the 10 best TV shows to watch while you run it out on the treadmill or work through an interval session on the elliptical. Now you get the best of both worlds: maintaining your health and catching up on the latest TV.


Talk Shows

Talk shows are a great option to watch while working out. They are usually an hour long, allowing you to get in a high-intensity and effective cardio workout. Depending on what time of day you prefer to work out, there are various programs to choose from.

The TODAY Show

Our pick for morning exercisers is The TODAY Show. From 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. EST, Natalie, Matt, Al and Savannah cover hard news, soft news and everything in between. They are a fun crew with great TV chemistry and they typically cover healthy living topics – everything from nutrition to diet and exercise—to keep you motivated to finish your workout. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. EST, Kathie Lee and Hoda take over the show. Be careful while watching the two of them while you’re at the gym – it’s nearly impossible to not laugh out loud at their hilarious antics!

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

If you’re more of an afternoon or evening exerciser, then The Ellen DeGeneres Show is your best bet. It airs on weekdays at 4 p.m. EST, and if there isn’t a new episode then there will surely be a repeat! Ellen is beyond funny, she always invites great celebrity guests and she LOVES music. Her music breaks are great ways to amp up your intensity for short sprints within the hour of the show.


Reality TV

While we all may talk trash about reality TV, nobody can deny that it’s strangely addicting. Reality TV is also a great option for the gym (as long as you are comfortable being seen watching reality shows in public…).

Keeping up with the Kardashians

Our first reality TV pick is Keeping up with the Kardashians. As absurd of a family as they are, there’s just something about them that is so entertaining. A 30-minute episode flies by and you might even find yourself staying on the elliptical or treadmill longer in order to sneak in a second episode! Plus, the Kardashian sisters’ style will motivate you to look your best, maybe even resulting in a few extra minutes of exertion on your machine.


Foodie Love

Watching cooking shows while working out can be really motivational—especially if the show involves making healthy meals! If you want to watch a traditional cooking show (think a 30-minute episode where a chef prepares a meal), then Food Network is the way to go.

Giada at Home

Giada De Laurentiis’s California-style cooking is always light and fresh. The only thing that looks better than the food is her beautiful kitchen! Watching her prepare her delicious dishes will encourage you to keep pushing forward with your healthy lifestyle.

Food Network Star

If you are in the mood for something with a bit more intensity to get your heart rate up, then consider watching one of the Food Network competitions like Food Network Star. Maybe you’ll discover a new healthy recipe to try when you get home and are hungry after your amazing workout!