Studies reveal a worrying fact on the decline in male fertility in the West. Specifically, Western men have a 50% lower sperm count during the last 40 years.
With all these facts, is there a hope that men would be able to gain back fertility? Indeed, there is hope, and it’s a natural way to increase men’s sperm count. It is engaging in regular exercise.
Exercise Increases Men’s Sperm Count
Many studies are backing the effectiveness of regular exercise to increase sperm count. One study clearly shows that men who exercise have higher sperm count than those who do not.
The study involved researchers following 261 healthy men ages 25 and 40. Then, the researchers assigned the men to their respective groups.
One group is set to do MICT(moderate to intensity continuous training). The next group is set to do HICT(high-intensity continuous training), and the last group is the control in which men in this particular group do not exercise.
The men who were in the MICT and HICT groups ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes to an hour for 3 to 4 days each week. For a period of 24 wees, the researchers follow up with the participants.
In addition, the researchers were collecting semen samples during, before, and after the exercise to assess the participants’ sperm count, semen volume, motility, morphology, and oxidative stress responses, and inflammatory markers.
Amazingly, the researchers discovered that all men assigned in the exercise groups have better sperm quality across all measures than men in the control group. Now, keep in mind the control group did not exercise.
- 8.3% more semen volume
- 12.4% higher sperm motility
- 17.1% improved sperm cell shape/morphology
- 14.1% more concentrated sperm
- 21.8% more sperm cells on average
…the present study adds to this body of evidence and shows seminal markers of inflammation and oxidative stress improved significantly after 24 weeks of MICT, HICT or HIIT; and these changes were correspond with favorable improvements in semen quality parameters and sperm DNA integrity.Reproduction 153, 2; 10.1530/REP-16-0318
Exercise Is Significant But Not Everything
Exercise has a significant impact on boosting male fertility. But it may not be an all-in-one solution to improving men’s overall men’s virility and potency.
Instead, make exercise as part of healthy lifestyle practices. Losing weight, proper nutrition, and other lifestyle practices that are harmful to not just male sexual health but general health, as well, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, exposure to toxic chemicals, and RF radiation, are all essentials.
In the press release, Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, adds;
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.Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki
Experts Recommend Exercise As A Male Fertility Booster
HIIT(high-intensity interval training) is not just useful for weight loss but also has many other health benefits. If you can’t do HIIT for some reason, start getting physically active with natural movements.
Then, take a regular walking routine. Walking is a simple form of physical activity with lots of benefits. As you get more accustomed to moving, start with a more intense movement like running or jogging.
Doing this regularly allows your body to adjust and becomes stronger. Eventually, you will be able to do more intense exercises like those employed in the study, including HICT or HIIT.
These results further indicate that MICT was more beneficial in improving markers of male reproductive function, compared to HICT and HIIT. These observations suggest that the intensity, duration and type of exercise training could be taken into consideration when investigating reproductive responses to exercise training in men.
Resistance or strength training is another form of exercise worth considering.
In another paper, experts are recommending exercise as part of men’s way to improve and maintain fertility.
awareness must be raised that exercise must be considered as a potential cause for urological and andrological male fertility problems.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ramd.2016.11.017
Moreover, another study suggests men the following to maintain a healthy semen and sperm.
- Minimize scrotal heating
- Maintain a proper body mass
- Avoid smoking
- Minimize or avoid alcohol consumption and doping
- Minimize exposure to environmental toxins
- Address sleep apnea (if present)
Proper Nutrition Is Just Vital As Exercise For Male Fertility
Another important part of achieving and staying optimal health is proper nutrition. Male fertility is a part of a man’s overall health.
Combining Exercise With Healthy Lifestyle Practices
Individually, exercise, proper nutrition, and healthy practices help boost a man’s fertility, combining them into one wholesome routine and lifestyle is even more powerful.
Also, male fertility-enhancing supplements are available and helpful in boosting male virility and potency further. Of course, supplements are not absolute substitutes for healthy practices, but they are useful in accelerating the results.
Of course, considering in performing testicular massage could be helpful to some extent.