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MALAMI518 SparkPoints: (121,869)
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6/3/13 7:30 A

Thank you! I will remember to ask when I go in today. I've decided to switch my strength training to Monday, Wednesday, Friday this week. I'll get it done this morning before I go in, and then I'll be good until Wednesday. I figure that I'll be able to adjust cardio more easily tomorrow.

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6/3/13 5:12 A

I was just starting out with fitness the last time I donated blood 12 years ago, but I remember my workouts being horrible for 3 weeks afterward. Unfortunately, that is why I have never donated again.

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6/2/13 11:44 P

I echo Ladystarwinds comments - and would also emphasise laying off any heavy lifting or intense cardio.

Losing a pint or so of blood is no small thing, and your body will have to work pretty hard to replenish it.

I often donate on Sunday afternoon, and on the Monday I plan a rest day, where I just go for a walk or do housework - no structured workout, and certainly nothing taxing. I've been doing this for years, and have had no ill effects, and come the Tuesday I'm ready to get back to working out.

As Ladystarwind said, best to speak to the Bood Donor staff when you go and donate - they will give you all the advice you need.

And well done you for doing something so amazingly worthwhile - you can give yourself a pat on the back and feel very proud!

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6/2/13 11:23 P

Kudo's for donating!!! Its absolutely a-m-a-z-I-n-g what can be done with a pint of blood now!!

When I have donated in the past, the recommendation was to take it easy at least the next 24 hours. Your body will need to rehydrate well, and you've just given away a lot of oxygen carrying red cells. It will take your body a few days to release more rbc's ---rather like going to altitude, the body releases immature but functional red cells to compensate; but it takes a day or two.

The lifting restriction is most likely so that your vein can properly heal.

My suggestion would be to take a good rest day...maybe a short walk just to stretch the legs, and skip the strength training.

Perhaps someone else has more current info than I do, and/or direct experience with the effects of exercise after donation. You could certainly ask if the Blood Center has someone on their staff with the expertise!!

Thanks again for donating!!

MALAMI518 SparkPoints: (121,869)
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6/2/13 7:31 P

I am going to give blood tomorrow for the first time in a long time. If I give blood at 12:30 pm, will I be ok to do strength training (lifting hand weights around 15-20 pounds) the following morning? I remember them saying not to lift more than 10 pounds, but I don't remember how long that restriction was.

Also, I'm assuming that a 4-mile walk tomorrow evening should be fine. Right?

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