Lifestyle Has A Significant Impact On The Sperm Count Of Healthy Young Men

On Thursday of this week it is Valentine’s Day. Most of you will be busy planning a romantic evening with your partner (if you had forgotten until now, it is probably best to organise something) or planning a night out in the hope of meeting somebody with whom you can spend ‘a romantic evening’. Some of you may even be trying to conceive with your partner this Valentine’s Day so it may be in your interest to know that current research is showing that regular vigorous physical activity may significantly increase your chances of the evening being a success .

According to Scientists, semen quality has deteriorated over the past few decades although nobody is entirely sure why this is. Recent research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that healthy young men (18-22 years old) who watch TV for more than 20 hours each week have almost half the sperm count of those who watch TV for 4 hours each week.


It also analysed the impact of exercise on sperm count and found that men who do 15 or more hours of moderate-vigorous exercise every week have sperm counts which are 73% higher than those who exercise for 5 hours each week.

The study reported that TV watching and physical activity did not affect sperm motility, shape or sample volume.


Gaskins AJ, Mendiola J, Afeiche M, Jorgensen N, Swan SH, Chavarro JE, Physical Activity and Television Watching in Relation to Semen Quality in Young Men, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013, DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091644.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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