At Carter BloodCare, all types of people give blood at our various blood centers to save lives. Our donors consist of athletes, dancers, singers, artists, nurses and more. Some of our donors work physical jobs and need to be cautious after donating. We suggest that those with strenuous jobs should donate at the end of their work shift. We have some helpful tips to take into consideration for those of you who hit the gym daily and/or do anything but sit at a desk.
Whether you are a basketball player, construction worker, a physical trainer or just someone who exercises daily, you need to take it easy after giving blood. High-intensity exercise after donation can cause fainting and may increase the risk of excessive bleeding from the area where the needle enters your skin. We highly suggest drinking a lot of fluids and waiting 24 hours after your blood donation to perform physically-strenuous activities. Similar to exercising, giving blood makes you feel great, so treat it as a day to relax and pat yourself on the back! Besides, you just saved three lives, so it’s time to reward yourself with a break!
It is always best to eat a low-fat meal within two to four hours before giving blood and drinking a great deal of water or juice before as well as after donating. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided 12 hours before and after donation.
Also, if you happen to exercise before you give blood, make sure to be well hydrated and eat before your blood donation. Not for sure how to tell if you are hydrated?
Here are some signs of dehydration:
- Dark urine
- Decreased urine output
- Dry mouth
For tips on staying hydrated, visit the American Heart Association’s website.
For more information about giving blood and your health visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-366-2834.