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

    Love ya.

    Gini emoticon
    3241 days ago
    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!

    3241 days ago
  • MARTY19
    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.

    3241 days ago
    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!!

    Debbien> emoticon

    3241 days ago
    Good information but I can't donate blood because I am borderline anemic and always have been. Thanks!
    3241 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3241 days ago
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