Body Tip What’s the secret to super sperm? More exercise and less TV. To improve the quality of your swimmers, put down the remote and get moving.
Call it a study of studs and spuds: Research in the Journal of British Sports Medicine found that being a major couch potato was linked to poor sperm count and poor quality. To improve the quality of your swimmers, turn off the tube and take a brisk walk or run. Researchers found that even healthy men could boost their virility by cutting back on TV time and replacing it with exercise. According to the study, guys who watched TV for 20 or more hours a week had a 44 percent lower sperm concentration compared to men who didn’t watch TV. Meanwhile, the most physically active men had a 73 percent higher sperm count than those who were sedentary. The researchers believe that TV time is linked to poor sperm quality for a number of reasons. First, those who watch lots of television tend to be less active and eat a poor diet. Second, all that sitting around increases one’s scrotal temperature, and sperm like it cool. If you can’t give up your favorite shows, hop on a treadmill and watch TV while you sweat.
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