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The best health & fitness documentaries to watch during lockdown The best health & fitness documentaries to watch during lockdown
With the latest extension to lockdown, you’re gonna have a lot more time on your hands, so use it constructively. There is so much... The best health & fitness documentaries to watch during lockdown

With the latest extension to lockdown, you’re gonna have a lot more time on your hands, so use it constructively.

There is so much content available to binge-watch on streaming services, so it’s probably best to cast a more selective and discerning eye over your playlist.

Instead of sinking mindlessly into another fictional series binge, why not empower yourself with
health, fitness and nutrition content that informs, educates, inspires and motivates you during the lockdown?

We’ve done the legwork for you to find the top content. These are our recommendations:

Fitness

Fittest on Earth: A decade of fitness (Netflix, 2017)

Follow the dramatic story of the best CrossFit athletes in the world as they compete at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games. The doccie takes an inside look at what it takes to be an elite athlete, both in training and in competition.

Calum Von Moger: Unbroken (Netflix, 2019)

Bodybuilder and two-time Mr Universe, Calum von Moger, reflects on his rise to fame and battle to come back from a debilitating injury.

Generation Iron 3 (Netflix, 2018)

Bodybuilders come together from around the world to compete in the Mr Olympia competition and try to achieve their goals of physical perfection.

Nino: The movie (RedBull TV)

A mountain biker’s quest for glory. Nino Schurter is one of the greatest mountain bikers in history. Follow him from his childhood in a remote Swiss mountain village to his greatest victory at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Breaking 2 (Nike.com)

In 2016, Nike teamed up with National Geographic to document its quest to break the two-hour barrier. On 6 May 2017, Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese attempted to break the two-hour marathon barrier. At this attempt in Monza, Italy, Eliud ran the fastest marathon in history at two hours and 25 seconds. Watch the documentary to learn how science and innovation played an integral role in making history.

Nutrition

The Game Changers (Netflix, 2018)

The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks, an elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner, as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes, what James discovers permanently changes his understanding of food and his definition of true strength.

Rotten (Netflix, 2017)

This documentary series travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavoury truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

In defence of food (Netflix, 2015)

Join best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet.

Health

Heal (Netflix, 2017)

While this documentary is focused on the deteriorating health of the US population, it offers an eye-opening look into the health perils of modern westernised society. It includes stories from spiritual leaders, physicians and those with chronic illnesses, who reveal the powerful connection between the human psyche and physical health.

The C word (Netflix, 2016)

To solve the mystery of cancer, challenging the status quo is a must. Witness how lifestyle and societal changes may help beat the disease.

Unrest (Netflix, 2017)

Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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