How men can boost their sperm count

Australian men who spend countless hours on the couch watching the cricket over summer could be jeopardising their fertility.

A new study, published in the journal Reproduction, has found exercising three to four times a week can improve a man's sperm count.

In fact, German and Iranian researchers found moderate yet "continuous" and regular exercise improved a man's sperm quality more than the popular intensive, high interval exercise programs.

"Our results show that doing exercise can be a simple, cheap and effective strategy for improving sperm quality in sedentary men,” said lead author Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki.

The study looked at 261 men who did not follow a regular exercise program.

They were divided up into groups and asked to follow different exercise programs that included running on a treadmill for 30 minutes or quick bursts of sprinting