How to Stay True to Your Fitness Goals this Thanksgiving


Hey R.I.P.P.E.D. Fam, the ultimate fitness test is approaching! No, it’s not your next R.I.P.P.E.D. or Rumble class. It’s not the RIPPED instructor training—although there are a few of those approaching in various cities. We’re talking about Thanksgiving! We’re so very thankful that we get this special time to spend quality time with our friends and family. Mix in some good food and games, and you have an awesome family day. The thing is, Turkey Day also involves endless amounts of fried turkey, mac and cheese, stuffing, beer, wine, champagne, oh and all those mouth-watering desserts.

So how do you enjoy this day without breaking all of your fitness goals? Keep reading, because your R.I.P.P.E.D. family has your back.

The E in R.I.P.P.E.D. means Endurance

Dinner doesn’t last all day. Here’s some advice to help you remain on the move in case you don’t have access to a R.I.P.P.E.D. workout.


  1. If you’re up early, go for a walk before or after prepping your feast. This is a great time to grab a friend or a cousin you haven’t seen in a while, and catch up with one another.
  2. If you can’t fit your hour-long gym workout in, that’s totally understandable. Try and complete an at-home workout for 20-30 minutes to get your energy up for the busy day.
  3. When everyone is feeling a little sluggish after dinner, this is a great time to pump up the jams and bust out the moves. Did anyone say, dance contest? Just be sure to wait until everyone’s food is digested.
  4. Whether you cooked at home, or you’re visiting a loved one, participate in the clean up. Doing dishes or tidying the living room can actually burn more calories than you think.


The D in R.I.P.P.E.D. means Diet

Don’t allow the mountain of food to get you off track. Use these tips to enjoy the feast without binging around the dinner table.


  1. Yes, we said eat. Don’t skip breakfast or lunch, in preparation for all the food you want to devour later on. Bad idea. Fasting during the day may just lead you to binging during dinner time.
  2. Control Portions. Using a small plate is one of the best ways to do this. If you still don’t feel full after finishing your plate, you can always go back for seconds.
  3. If you’re worried about heaps of fried and greasy foods at a family member’s house, consider hosting Thanksgiving at your house. This way, you and your family can still enjoy a well-seasoned turkey with a healthy stuffing recipe and maybe a yummy and nutritious pumpkin soup to start!
  4. Don’t allow the hustle and bustle of Turkey Day to get in the way of your hydration. We often mistake hunger for thirst, so don’t forget to drink your water.


If you’ve decided to cook dinner for Thanksgiving, we’re sure your family will enjoy these festive Baked Squash Pasta Boats.



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