Home > Lifestyle > Your Blood 17 June 2014 Give blood, lose weight 2 A blood donor from Shutterstock. ~ hxdbzxy There are many reasons to give blood, not least of all the ability to save the lives of complete strangers just by sitting in a chair.What might surprise you, though, is how good for you donating blood is. It significantly reduces your chance of cancer for life, even though it only takes 48 hours to completely replace the lost blood cells.Even better, giving blood burns calories. A LOT of calories. One session of donating can burn up to 650 calories, the same as 45 minutes of running or a third of a woman’s recommended daily intake.This is why you shouldn’t think of giving blood as a chore, but rather as really, really effective exercise.Wake-up exercise workout NEXT ON HEALTH24X Experience a contact lens that feels like nothing 2016-10-24 12:49 More: LifestyleYour Blood advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.