The Benefit of Working Out That Lena Dunham Didn't Expect
Lena Dunham is majorly into her health these daysâ€”and everyone's favorite millennial isÂ (duh) posting up a storm about it on Instagram, sharing everything from her favorite workoutsÂ to her healthyÂ snackÂ discoveries.
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But according to the caption on her latest gym selfie, Dunham, 28, has found that the benefits of exercise goÂ beyondÂ living "past 50."
â€œPromised myself I would not let exercise be the first thing to go by the wayside when I got busy with Girls Season 5 and here is why: it has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible,â€ the actress, writer, and directorÂ shared with her followers onÂ Saturday.Â â€œIt ainâ€™t about the ass, itâ€™s about the brain.â€
She also credits Healthâ€™s own contributing fitness editor Tracy Anderson for â€œshowing [her] the light.â€
Dunham has longÂ been open about her struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly in her recent book, Not That Kind of Girl ($28, amazon). In an excerpt published in The New Yorker prior to the bookâ€™s release, she detailed the difficult symptoms, includingÂ crippling fears of farawayÂ threats like tidal waves and nuclear war. With the help of her parents, she eventually found a therapist and went on medication.
Still, it's easy to understand why a depressed or anxious person may have extra hurdles when it comes to finding the motivation to work out, something Dunham touches on as well.Â â€œTo those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know itâ€™s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen,â€ she wrote. â€œIâ€™m glad I did.â€
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