Regular exercise beneficial for sperm quality

Results from a recent study suggests that regular exercise is likely to improve sperm quality.

As reported by Medical News Today, a research study from Uremia University in Iran sought to determine how varying exercise levels can affect men’s sperm quality.  Various previous studies on the impact of exercise have had differing findings, with some showing that some types of exercise can improve sperm quality and others that intense exercise can reduce it.

The team split a team of 261 men into four groups who undertook varying levels of exercise for 24 weeks.  At the end of the study period, men from all four groups had improved sperm quality, with the best performing group those who undertook moderate-intensity continuous training, in this case running on a treadmill for 25-30 minutes, 3-4 days per week.

While other factors may be at play (for instance, some men might have better sperm quality due to weight loss as a result of their exercise), the results “show that doing exercise can be a simple, cheap, and effective strategy for improving sperm quality in sedentary men”, according to lead author Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki. However, Maleki stressed that infertility in men can be the result of many factors other than sperm count.

If you are concerned about infertility, you can find information from sources such as NHS Choices, or support from charities like Fertility Network UK.