Workout after donating blood?

aaronff63
aaronff63 Posts: 54 Member
edited June 2015 in Fitness and Exercise
So I donated blood around 0730 this morning and their usual over-cautionary statement is no working out today. But it's not skip day and I feel fine. I just really hate skipping. Anyone have a bad experience with working out after donating? Maybe a light workout. I don't want to end up face down on the floor either though.

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  • BrianSharpe
    BrianSharpe Posts: 9,206 Member
    As a regular blood donor.......keep it very light today. You may not end up face down on the floor but feeling light headed and like you're going to puke during a very slow run is not a good feeling.....LFMF!
  • CSARdiver
    CSARdiver Posts: 6,257 Member
    Just keep it light and you should be fine. If you start feeling weak then rest and get low to the floor so if you do feel dizzy you won't risk injury from a fall.

    I'm a regular donor and the only time I skip training is after a double RBC draw - that just wipes me out for the day.
  • jkwolly
    jkwolly Posts: 3,050 Member
    As a regular blood donor.......keep it very light today. You may not end up face down on the floor but feeling light headed and like you're going to puke during a very slow run is not a good feeling.....LFMF!

    This and this!

    Go for a long walk or an easy bike ride, or some yoga!
  • VegasFit
    VegasFit Posts: 1,232 Member
    I have never had a bad experience working out after giving blood the same day. Just listen to your body and you should be fine.
  • hoyalawya2003
    hoyalawya2003 Posts: 631 Member
    I did my regular horseback riding lesson same day last time. Was a little light headed but otherwise fine. Make sure you hydrate!
  • mwyvr
    mwyvr Posts: 1,883 Member
    edited June 2015
    I have run after donating and regretted doing so. I always donate late in the day which allows me to get a run in earlier if I choose. Hydrate well as always.

    As for working out in the gym... maybe if it's many hours later but I wouldn't go straight from the donor chair to pumping iron. Give the hole in your vein a little more time to fully heal up.