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Lena Dunham On Exercise: “It Ain’t About the Ass”

Probably most of us are familiar with “workout selfies,” but I doubt any of us have seen many that were taken to eradicate the stigma of mental health rather than, you know, show off a nice booty.

Thanks to actress and author Lena Dunham, now we have.

Dunham, the creator of HBO’s hit series Girls, recently posted her own workout selfie on Instagram with a message to everyone dealing with mental health issues:

Image: Lena Dunham Instagram
Image: Lena Dunham Instagram

Promised 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. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.

That’s right, ladies and gents: Working out isn’t just about getting your ass in shape; it’s also about getting your brain in shape. As Dunham points out, regular exercise can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.

So, how many of YOU are working more toward getting your brain fit than your ass in shape? We’d love to hear your stories on WHY YOU got started working out!

Lena Dunham On Exercise: “It Ain’t About the Ass”

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2015). Lena Dunham On Exercise: “It Ain’t About the Ass”. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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