It is common knowledge that most men these days, tend to workout often, so that they can remain fit, healthy and looking great, right? Well, can high intensity workout reduce the sperm count?
Now, as we all know, working out is an extremely healthy habit. In fact, it is very healthy to exercise on a daily basis, as exercising can prevent a number of diseases and keep you fitter.
When we start to talk about the health benefits of working out, it can go on and on, right?
However, like they say, too much of anything can be bad. So, a recent research study has found that high intensity workout may cause the reduction of sperm count in men, causing fertility issues.
Most men, would want to start a family and have children, after a certain age. So, it is very important to be aware of certain things that can affect the quality and count of your sperm.
So, how does high intensity workout affect sperm count? Let us find out in this article.
The research study involved 261 healthy, married men, between the ages of 25-40; they were considered as the subjects of the study.
The 261 subjects were then divided into 2 groups. One group was made to participate in high intensity workouts, while the other group was just practising moderate workout routines.
The moderate exercise involved walking or jogging on the treadmill for about 35 minutes every day, for 12 weeks.
High intensity workouts involved very fast running on the treadmill for 50-60 minutes every day, for 12 weeks.
At the end of 12 weeks, a semen analysis was performed, after collecting the semen samples of both these groups of men, at the laboratory, to check their sperm count.
After the semen analysis, researchers found that the group of men that was involved in high intensity workouts, had a sperm count that was significantly lower than that of the other group.
Although not all men in that group had a reduced sperm count, more than 45% of the participants noticed the change.
Researchers opined that the reason of the drop in sperm count of the men performing high intensity workouts could be due to extreme loss of nutrients and weight.