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.