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Old 08-21-2009, 09:23 AM   #1
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Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

I don't see why this would be a problem, but the wife is concerned. I was planning on doing todays WOD then heading to a blood drive to benefit an 8 month old who has leukemia. I am in good health, and have never had issues giving blood before.

Anyone see an issue with this?
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

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I don't see why this would be a problem, but the wife is concerned. I was planning on doing todays WOD then heading to a blood drive to benefit an 8 month old who has leukemia. I am in good health, and have never had issues giving blood before.

Anyone see an issue with this?
Before should be fine. After would be a bad idea. If in doubt, call the Red Cross and ask them.

Just make sure you eat and drink enough.

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Old 08-21-2009, 09:30 AM   #3
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Before should be fine. After would be a bad idea. If in doubt, call the Red Cross and ask them.

Just make sure you eat and drink enough.

Katherine

I don't forsee a problem. I probably wouldn't do it RIGHT after working out. My heart rate might make the blood bag explode.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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Re: Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

not the day for certain.. next is a 50 50 deal.. alot of people feel a bit under the weather.. kinda like a cold coming on. second day after you should feel fine and have compensated for the loss in volume and your spleen should have compensated for the change in hemoglobin.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:56 PM   #5
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Re: Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

I've given blood like an hour after working out before and didn't have a problem. Nor do i find that giving blood affects me much the next day. I've never done the double unit thing though because my size disqualifies me (too short and too light).

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Old 08-06-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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Re: Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

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I don't see why this would be a problem, but the wife is concerned. I was planning on doing todays WOD then heading to a blood drive to benefit an 8 month old who has leukemia. I am in good health, and have never had issues giving blood before.

Anyone see an issue with this?
I just did this a few weeks ago.
There was maybe 1/2 hr between the two and I was rushing to get there. My heart rate was almost too high to give blood but they tested again a few min later and it was fine.

Got home, got in the shower and almost passed out washing my hair.
My suggestion: Eat on your way to give blood and eat the crap (or take your own) right after you donate.
I didnt eat before or right after thinking I would just eat after my shower. I think that was my biggest issue- and rushing to and from places.

However, I donated "for time" and beat other donaters (they didnt know it was a contest) and I knocked my past donation time out the door.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:49 PM   #7
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However, I donated "for time" and beat other donaters (they didnt know it was a contest) and I knocked my past donation time out the door.
If'n you do what Christy did, you just might be a CrossFitter.

I worked out lightly before giving today and all is well. I treated myself to a naughty dinner and had them bring a pitcher of water to the table right after donating though, so no passing out. I too had to have a second blood pressure done after going through everything else to get the green light.
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:57 AM   #8
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I worked out lightly before giving today and all is well. I treated myself to a naughty dinner and had them bring a pitcher of water to the table right after donating though, so no passing out. I too had to have a second blood pressure done after going through everything else to get the green light.
That's a good tip, Mark. I donated on Wednesday and was woozie at the finish line as I often am. I'll have to take my water mug along on the next trip.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:16 AM   #9
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Anyone see an issue with this?
Judging by the responses up until now, it looks like this is a great opportunity to have a "Rest Day for Humanity." Your conditioning won't decrease in the slightest, and the community (and probably your body) will be eternally grateful for your kindness
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:17 PM   #10
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Re: Is it ok to workout before giving blood?

Before a WOD is a bad idea, after is not. As has been said, just make sure you eat and drink on your way to the blood bank and after giving the generous gift

I haven't given blood before a WOD but I have had a few vials taken and did a WOD about 1-2hrs later. I got a big hematoma in my forearm and had to stop the WOD
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