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It's true, weight lifting can enlarge your tiny veins!

Friday, April 10, 2009

While I say weight lifting, I believe resistance strength training will work as well. (Using resistance bands. I am doing the Low-Mount exercises and have even created a few while I am using the band anyway.)

My walking buddy is a disabled navy veteran and she told me that years ago she was advised while still serving to use small weights to enlarge her veins. Well, she didn't and I hadn't been. This is the only difference between my last blood donation and the one on Tuesday.

She remembered it today when I was showing her how my veins now pop up in the crux of my elbow!

And Sassy is right, it is yet one more benefit to strength training!


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FORMYDARLINGS 4/10/2009 5:58PM

    Great going Linda. Tell me about the low mount resisitance training.

Love ya.

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CRUISEBOUND4EVR 4/10/2009 5:37PM

    Thank you for sharing! I have blood work done every 3 months and they leave me so bruised by trying so many different spots trying to get a big enough vein. I will try a little weight lifting to see if it makes a difference for my next appointment!


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MARTY19 4/10/2009 1:33PM

    Sounds like your plan is really working for you. I'm not as good as I should be but at least I can say I am doing some.


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PERKYDEBI 4/10/2009 1:18PM

    I guess I wasn't imagining things then!! I have always had tiny baby veins and have been told by doctors that I can't give blood because of them being so small, it's almost impossible for them to get any blood out of me. Therefore I have always hated having to have bloodwork done! But when I was doing strength training last year and using hand weights, I noticed after a couple of months that my veins were a lot more noticeable!!

I still don't like blood work though!!

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MSLZZY 4/10/2009 1:10PM

    Good information but I can't donate blood because I am borderline anemic and always have been. Thanks!

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SPARKHOPE 4/10/2009 12:21PM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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