day 112. It's #motivationmonday
and what motivated me this morning? Saving a life!
I grew up seeing my stepdad donate blood every eight weeks and faithfully. I spent several years thinking I wasn't qualified to donate but it turns out that my veins just need a little extra work to get to. Good thing too, because my blood type is actually in pretty high demand.
Some awesome facts about donating blood, from the #americanredcross
: ✨Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
✨Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
✨Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
✨The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
✨The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
✨A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
You want to make a difference in the world? Donate blood!
How does this motivate me in my journey to a healthy life and better body? A lot of reasons.
For one, I can only donate once every eight weeks. It's a good span of time for evaluating progress. How has my body improved since my last appointment? It's usually nothing major, but enough time to show that I'm still moving in the right direction.
It also forces me to hydrate more. The better hydrated I am, the smoother the donation process and the less likely I am to develop clots. I usually focus extra hard on my water intake a day or two before I go in to #bloodworksnw
in preparation and then for the next day or so to recover.
Thirdly, I can't put out that amount of positive energy into the world of knowing that I saved a life without it coming back to me to make we want to make a difference in my own life.
What about you, have you ever considered blood donation? Why or why not? What unusual things motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle? Let me know in the comments below.
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