If you’re looking for a straight work out video, you may not want to turn to Netflix. While there appears to be a shortage of exercise tutorials on the streaming site, there is a large number of films about health, fitness and dieting, all of which are perfect motivation if your New Year’s resolution is about getting into shape and making healthier choices.
“Forks Over Knives” - The 2011 title discusses researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s findings about obesity and diabetes. The film highlights the benefits of rejecting animal-based and processed foods in your diet.
“Hungry for a Change” - Planning to go on a diet in 2017? This 2012 documentary may change the way you think about sugar, weight loss, food additives and the food industry as a whole.
“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” - On steroids, battling an autoimmune disease and 100-pounds overweight, Joe Cross decides to try to get back to good health by eating healthy. During his journey he meets an overweight trucker named Phil Staples who joins him. “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” is also available to stream on Netflix.
“Super Size Me” - If you need a reason to stop eating fast food watch this 2004 award-winning documentary from Morgan Spurlock. The film shows the effects fast food has on the body.
“From Fat to Finish Line” - Those looking for motivation to start running but need that extra push to leave the couch should watch this. The 2015 documentary follows a dozen people’s commitment to lose 100 pounds and complete a 200-mile run together. You can join the community online here.
“Fittest on Earth” - Follow several athletes as they prepare for any and all competitions at the 2015 Rebook CrossFit Games.
“Generation Iron” - Want to be a body builder? This 2013 documentary follows seven men competing for the Mr. Olympia title.
“Vegetated” - This film is for those who have wondered what it would be like to go vegan. The documentary follows three meat eaters as they try out the cruelty-free diet.
“The Kids Menu” - From the “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” team comes this 2015 documentary which explores kids’ preferences when it comes to healthy foods. The film touches on problems associated with childhood obesity and the lack of accessibility to healthy food options.
“Food Matters” - The documentary delves into the idea that food we eat could be hurting our health. Doctors and nutritionists also weigh in on the topic of organic foods and food safety in this 2008 title.