A healthy lifestyle comes with a lot of blessings in disguise. It means a fitter you mentally and physically and one of the undermining factors that you benefit from here is a healthy and qualitative sperm count. Unfortunately, with the advent of the Internet era, a lot has changed. Lives have become hectic, leaving barely any room for rejuvenation. The result is lethargy before the ends, tempers flaring, weights increasing and all in all – a recipe for disaster. Poor sperm count is attributed to the above factors. Here’s how your lifestyle affects the same-
Lack of exercise
In simple terms, lack of exercises leads to weight gain and obesity. Both of which are hindrances when it comes to sperm quality and quantity. Research shows that obese men tend to be less fertile as compared to men who exercise on a regular basis and are healthy and fit. On the other hand, if you are exercising at least 4-5 times, your sperm count is expected to be on the higher side.
Tip- Make sure that you take out 30-40 minutes a day to exercise. Be it climbing stairs, playing soccer or just a walk. Exercises also release endorphins in the body, which helps you feel happier.
Stress and Anxiety And Depression
With hectic lives comes stress and anxiety. There’s always the peer pressure of doing well financially, somebody else getting a promotion over you and not really being able to provide yourself with luxuries you wanted in spite of a 14-hour working day. The end result is too much of stress followed by anxiety, which eventually leads to depression. This is again a combination that creates havoc on the mind and body. You tend to have less of sex with your partner, your happy-hormones or endorphins hide away and you are just tired all the time. Such psychological pressure on the mind eventually affects your body too and results in extremely low sperm count.
Tip- Try to take out 5 minutes a day to meditate and relax. Go for a holiday and make sure your weekends are just spent on rejuvenation and not fret about what’s to be done on Monday.
Alcohol and Smoking
Along with the intense damage it causes to your lungs and liver, both these are habits take a toll on your sperm count too. Studies reveal that 5 drinks in a day leads to a sharp drop in sperm count as compared to men who don’t drink. Heavy smokers are also known to have very poor quality sperm as compared to those who don’t.
Tip- Become a social drinker and opt for nicotine patch to get rid of your smoking habit. If you are trying to bring a life into this world, at least take the first step by making his/ her home a better place.
Non-Existent Sex Life
The above lifestyle habits result in a non-existent sex life. But did you know that even sex counts as a good form of exercise and can help you burn up to 300 calories. Also regular sex helps in boosting sperm count and keeping quality in check-
Tip- Make time for it. There’s no two ways about this.
Combining all of the above habits and lifestyle instances, you would definitely be needing high doses of medication. Obese people are more prone to cardiovascular issues, smoking causes lung problems and so on. Basically medications are bound to be a part of this poor lifestyle scenario. They contain hormones that not only have an impact on your fertility but it also disrupts your sexual desire.
Tip- There’s not much of option here unless you completely change your lifestyle. Eating healthier, living naturally and also adapting changes to stimulate a psychologically and physically healthier you!
On the whole, you just have to ensure that you spend a little time exercising, doing things that you like and spending time with your loved ones. It is a combination that works towards healthier, happier you!