Another year, another moment of “Damnit, I never came up with a new year’s resolution!”
So you could shrug, and pick “get in shape” and pay for gym membership you know you’ll never use, again. Or, you could think about your balls, and make a New Year’s Resolution to improve your fertility!
Alright, I can’t deny that exercise is great for male fertility. It increases your natural testosterone production, which will help you to produce sperm.
Personally though, I don’t like setting myself BIG goals. “Get in Shape” feels like a giant insurmountable elephant, that “I’ll get around too later”. Let’s break the elephant up into small pieces, was once my dad’s advice to me.
So let’s take a step back from the cliche of “Get in Shape” and instead say to ourselves “Get Moving!”
Your goal doesn’t have to be, “to have killer abs in 3 months”. Just go for a walk in the woods. Maybe check out your local Audubon Bird Watching Society. Do some gardening, volunteer to clean up rivers, or just take a hike to a enjoy beautiful view once a month.
For me, martial arts and swordfighting was when I finally got into sports, because I’m a competitive person and you can win a duel. That has always motivated me far more than a good lap time.
So pick small, manageable goals that keep you active and that actually interest you, and build from there.
Caffeinated sodas, foods high in saturated fat, all these are bad for your fertility. So let’s eat healthier by cooking for ourselves more this year!
Not only can we cut out of lot of foods that are bad for fertility, but we can focus ones that are great for you and your sperm! Foods like avocado, broccoli, nuts, seafood, beans, asparagus, tomatoes and even dark chocolate, are all good for your fertility for different reasons.
Personally, I love cooking, but I know it can be daunting for a lot of people.
For a cookbook, I’d suggest Good and Cheap. It’s good, and well…cheap. Free to download as a PDF in fact! Originally written to help people living on $4 day, Good and Cheap has a focus on cheap ingredients that last a long time, and uses them in a wide variety of recipes. None of that “well I bought all these quail eggs and saffron for this one recipe, now what?” malarkey. You’ll find a dozen different ways to use a core set of affordable foods.
If you do want to start cooking, and to keep it up, I’d highly suggest getting yourself a good knife. Sure the set from Ikea is pretty good, but I’m talking about getting yourself something professional. My dad gave me an engraved Japanese steel knife for Christmas once, cut clean through an avocado pit without any effort. True story, and believe me, once you feel those vegetables slice like butter, you’ll discover how little work cooking can be.
Perhaps about as cliche as “Get in Shape”, but stopping smoking is a big one that is good for you and your fertility.
I won’t pretend to have all the answers on this subject, but I know that your doctor can provide you with options to help you quit.
Personally, I know a friend of mine quit by snacking on Sunflower seeds. She said the peeling the seeds, while not only healthy snack, also gave her hands something to do. Asking around the office, someone said their grandma once quit by picking up a Nintendo Entertainment System back in the day, and replacing her habit with video games!
Like everything in life, you’re going to have to find what works for you. But definitely start by contacting you doctor.
Get a Good’s Night Sleep
I know…easier said than done, right? But a good night’s sleep, as well as feeling less stressed in your daily life, can do wonders for your sperm count and make you feel happier overall.
So let’s get the easy stuff out of the way:
- First of all, avoid caffeine in all its forms after 3pm. Maybe even set that back to 2pm or noon to be on the safe side.
- Next we’re going to avoid electronic screens from phones, tablets and laptops before bed. Let your eyes adjust to the dark, and make the room you’re sleeping as dark as you possibly can.
- Finally, do your best to stick to a routine. Personally, I’ve found setting a hard bed-time difficult to stick to. Instead, I prefer to set a time to start winding down, brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed.
Now I don’t suppose these tips would work for everyone, so do also consult your doctor on advice for getting a good night’s sleep.
Don’t Cook Your Balls!
It’s goes without saying that our mantra continues to ring true. Air them out a bit lads, we’re talking loose boxers here, and keep that laptop of your lap!
Now, we said earlier that you could go for “Get Moving” as a New Year’s Resolution, but if you do, avoid lyrca shorts and anything tight fitting. Bicycling isn’t going to do your fertility any favours either.
For “Get Cooking”, definitely a good diet is good for your balls, but direct heat applied to your groin from a stove or oven is also a problem. So consider investing in a protective apron, or letting your partner take over if you need to be in front of the stove for a long time. You can even clean the chopping board while she takes over. Teamwork!
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Well, I hope this article has given you some inspiration for a New Year’s Resolution for your Balls.
If you want to learn more about steps you can take to improve your fertility, you can check out “A Man’s Guide to Reproductive Health” from TRAK fertility.