Blood donors, how much does it affect workout?

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  1. darkxshade

    darkxshade Lifer

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    How long does it take to recover from? I've always wanted to donate but one of the main reasons... well really the only reason I haven't is because I'm not sure how it will affect my lifting which I do 3x/week while I also run 2-3x/week. I have this irrational fear that I'll pass out half way through a lift and get crushed to death cuz a pint was extracted from me. :D

    So how does one plan around a blood drive?
     
  2. JimKiler

    JimKiler Platinum Member

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    They say not to lift the day of the donation, and the only reason is because you could have blood come out of the spot they took from. I experienced this once and it was only a little blood afterwords. But I am not a heavy lifter. If you do aerobics you will be fine. Sign up and ask the people they will let you know. You can always back out of the donation.
     
  3. highland145

    highland145 Lifer

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    When I was younger, 30ish, it didn't affect me at all. Give that morning and workout that night. After I hit 40, I can tell a difference in endurance.

    Work out in the morning (Saturdays) and give after lunch. Works for me.
     
  4. MaxPayne63

    MaxPayne63 Senior member

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    If you're lifting 3x a week then just give on an off day.

    Running you should be fine the same day. I haven't given blood in a while but when I did I didn't have any trouble running a few hours later. My assumption, based on no medical training or special knowledge, is that the guidelines given are mainly to avoid liability.
     
  5. marmasatt

    marmasatt Diamond Member

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    It doesn't affect it that much. I give every 2 months .... and have for 10 yrs. I can tell you that it affects endurance stuff more than lifting. And as someone else mentioned, it definitely affects you more as you get older. No lie, I used to go running right after I donated. Also, there is a nice option now - donate platelets. It is teh best part of the blood. It takes longer but a) it's like 5x more valuable than blood because they are taking exactly what they need out of you so it is much more useful and b) they literally put fluids and the rest of the stuff (plasma?) back in you so you don't fell dehydrated or anything.
     
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    ShreddedWheat Senior member

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    I have hemochromatosis (opposite of anemia) and used to give blood once a week. Over time it kicked my ass but based on most laws you can't donate but once every 3 months which is the amount of time it takes your body to replace the lost red blood cells from donating. Whenever I donate every 3 months I feel better with more energy and better clarity and vision!
     
  7. IGemini

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    Donor centers recommend against strenuous exercise the day of donation. If you're a first-time donor, taking the next day off isn't a bad idea to allow your body to get used to the lower blood volume.

    The first time I donated blood I did a light lifting workout beforehand...I thought I stayed hydrated well enough but my blood flow ended up stopping halfway through donation. It attracts a lot of attention for sure. I wasn't willing to let them move the needle or switch arms so it ended there. Nearly passed out a half-hour after the fact from not being used to the dehydration.

    I got over it. My next donation will finish off gallon #3, and by the time I was used to the process my endurance didn't seem affected for an hour-long workout the next day.
     
  8. marmasatt

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    You know what? You make a good point. Kind of stupid of me to just assume everyone reacts well. You should take it easy on your first time or two to see how your body reacts to it. I had to have "Mr Towel Head" one of the first few times I donated many years ago (that's when you start feeling light headed or dizzy and they put your feet up and then put a blanket all over you). You definitely need to drink and eat *before* you donate. That is important until you know how your body reacts.
     
  9. tedrodai

    tedrodai Golden Member

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    Man, I'm 29 and it usually takes me longer than a day to recover, even with drinking plenty of fluids and eating well before/after. I used to donate every 2 months, but after a while I realized my body wasn't handling it well, so I give blood 2-3 times a year nowadays. I do much better spacing it out like that, but exercise the day of is a no-go, and I generally take it easy the day after as well (light or no exercise).

    I sweat more than anyone I know though...maybe that has something to do with it. I don't know.
     
  10. Remobz

    Remobz Platinum Member

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    I am AB negative and I doubt people need my blood.
     
  11. bononos

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    Some people passed out at the workplace RC donation. I'd be worried about getting faint and getting crushed at the squat rack.
     
  12. IGemini

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    You're likely wrong. Even considering that hospitals much prefer to do same-type whole blood transfusions when possible, AB is a universal plasma donor type.
     
  13. Ventanni

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    AB is the universally accepted blood type. It's O that can be universally donated.
     
  14. Anubis

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    i give Dbl Red every 12 weeks, normally i just do nothing on that day, however running is fine, id suggest against lifting, unless its an all leg day, which should be alright

    for me giving Dbl Red has little to no effect vs giving whole blood, which makes me want to take a nap
     
  15. tedrodai

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    heh...I almost posted the same thing. But he's right. O- is the universal donor for red blood cells. AB is the universal donor for plasma.