‘ Exercise boosts men’s sperm count’

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Doing at least half an hour of exert three times a week may boost men’s sperm count, tell scientists.

Men who took up go and stuck with it had more” healthy swimmers”, according to the research in the publication Reproduction.

The boost was only temporary, and began to wane within a month if “the mens” stopped their treadmill training.

Experts say it is important to strike the right balance because too much exert can harm sperm production.

Studies have shown that participation in competitive athletics, like cycling, can lower sperm quality.

Sperm boosters

Keep your testicles cool- avoid tight underwear and hot baths

Avoid sexually transmitted infections

Stop smoking

Cut down on alcohol

Stay slim

Get some exert, but not too much!

All of the 261 men enrolled in the recent trial were healthy and did not have any fertility problems as far as they could tell. They had normal sperm countings and healthy-looking sperm and resulted reasonably sedentary lives.

The men were allocated to one of four programmes 😛 TAGEND

no exercise
three conferences a week of high intensity interval training( 10 one-minute bursts of very fast running with a short recovery period between each bout)
three conferences a week of moderate exert( 30 minutes on a treadmill)
three conferences a week of intense exert( about an hour on a treadmill)
Exercise training appeared to boost sperm sum and quality, with moderate exert coming top.

Men in all three exert groups lost weight and considered improvements in their sperm test outcomes compared with the men who did no exert over the 24 -week trial period.

The researchers tell at least part of the benefit may come from shedding excess weight- all three exert groups lost some body fat.

Experts already know obesity can lower a man’s fertility. A third of “the mens” in each study group were overweight.

Fertility aid ?

What is not clear is whether the boost from exert translates to better fertility. That is something the researchers plan to explore in the lab by checking if training-induced changes affect the fertilising potential of sperm.

Lead researcher Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki told:” Our outcomes show that doing exert can be a simple, inexpensive and effective strategy for improving sperm quality in sedentary men.

” However, it’s important to acknowledge that the reason some men can’t have children isn’t just based on their sperm count. Male infertility problems can be complex and changing lifestyles might not solve these cases easily .”

Allan Pacey, prof of andrology at the University of Sheffield and spokesman for the British Fertility Society, told:” We have a very poor understanding of how physical exercise affects male fertility and sperm quality, but it is a question commonly asked by men wishing to improve their chances of having a child .”

He said there likely was a level of exert that is optimum for male fertility, but recommended that men check with their GP before embarking on anything too strenuous.

UK guidelines recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walk-to, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as go, every week.

Source: BBC

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