Being physically active has many health benefits and lack of it can cause many health problems.
Lack of physical activity is associated with non-communicable diseases; it is a health risk factor for cancer, heart disease, strokes and respiratory problems.
Lack of physical activity contributes to overweight and obesity, to lose weight and keep it off regular exercise is necessary.
According to a recent research study lack of physical activity can also affect male sexual health. The study found than men who were physically inactive had lower sperm concentration.
Participants of the study were 189 healthy men 18-22 years, they were interviewed about how often they engaged in physical activity and how intense. They were asked to record time spent watching TV.
Semen samples were collected, and semen were analyzed for:
- Semen size
- Semen shape
- Total count
- Sperm concentration
The men who engaged in regular exercise had higher sperm concentration than those who didn’t and the difference was significant. The men who watched TV for 20 or more hours per week had 1/2 the sperm count as those who watched no TV.
Watching TV for more than two hours per day is associated with cardiovascular diseases, child and adolescent obesity. The recommended physical activity for general health and vitality is 150 minutes of moderate -intensity per week. More is better.