Exercising after donating blood.

It may have only been a week and a half, but I am loving this school year so far. It is very different from undergrad and the courses that I am taking are very me. It’s nice to be enjoying what you are doing and it really reassures me that I am heading down the right career path. It has taken a bit of adjusting, trying to organize my workouts, my classes, my reading, my studying, my meetings with various people, and my part time job but I love being busy! Plus, it has been cold enough to wear scarves every day this week and I can’t get enough.

I think the other students near my cubicle are convinced that all I do is read blogs and take selfies, but I swear I work sometimes. 

Remember a really long time ago when I went to that seminar by Dr. Jon McGavock? Well guess who had lunch with him yesterday?! He is doing a lot of research that is really close to what I am doing for research so my supervisor suggested we meet up in case I ever want to do my PhD. We had a great chat and I was so impressed by all of his childhood obesity and diabetes research, plus he is super nice!

With all of my classes done for the day and campus emptying out really quickly on a Friday afternoon, I contemplated going home super early and just chillin’ for the rest of the night. THEN I remembered that I work super duper close to the Edmonton Blood Clinic, so I finished up some work and headed on down to donate blood!

I have to say it was one of my most impressive donations. My iron was in check, my blood pressure was nice and low as was my pulse, and I finished the actual donation in less than 6 minutes (the average is about 10-11). There was a numerical code written on my donation form and they asked me if I had ever seen it before. I said, “no,” and they explained to me that it meant last time my blood was donated, they had tested it and deemed it safe to use immediately on babies and children! How neat it that! O negs represent! 

I never really know how I will feel after a donation. Immediately, I am always fine and feel no different than when I walk in. A couple of times I had felt a little dizzy or tired that evening but it went away after drinking lots of water. One time after donating I actually went and played a soccer game.

I don’t recommend it.

My workouts the day after a donation are always relatively easy and short because sometimes I get light headed if I go too hard. I drink PLENTY of water after donating but it happens anyway so I just use it as an easy workout day and go by how I feel, never pushing myself too hard.

This morning was no exception, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill and then did 35 minutes of arms. I felt kind of sick on my way there and the three miles felt anything but easy even though I was running really slow. I took that as a sign to cut my workout pretty short and go home and drink lots of water. For some people it’s probably best to just take a rest day after! If my mom is reading that I went to the gym this morning, she is saying:

Those red-vested ladies aren’t kidding when they tell you to take it easy for the next few hours, even the next day. I always take it super easy after donating blood, mostly for my workout the next morning. Even if I have had cups and cups of water, I still feel a little tired, groggy, and sometimes a little nauseated. This is not the day to try out a new speed workout 😉

For more information, check out the blood services website HERE. I have already booked my next appointment in November! I will have to remember to schedule a rest day after that one 🙂

Do you donate blood? Admit it, you do it for the cookies right?

What are your weekend plans?!


  1. I donate regularly as well and attempt to schedule my (almost non-existent) workouts around them. I remember going for a 5K run one evening after a donation in the afternoon and couldn’t figure out why I felt like crap. Then, in one of those “duh” moments, I remembered! Good for you for donating, we all need to do more of that!

  2. Hope you feel back to normal soon. I used to donate a lot but I take a lot of Vitamin A (for acne issues) and so I can’t donate anymore (or so I’ve been told). It’s great that you are able to and that you do!

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