The star's post-workout photo offers a different kind of motivation to work up a sweat

By Kylie Gilbert
April 13, 2015

We're always inspired by celebs who post selfies while they sweat, but Lena Dunham took her #fitspiration to the next level, using her clout to deliver a powerful message about why she chooses to make exercise a priority (despite being a little busy running a show called Girls). The 28-year-old posted a sweaty Instagram this weekend, sharing that working out has little to do with a toned physique and actually all for the mental health perks.

Dunham shared the post-workout pic from Tracy Anderson Method studio, and got personal in the caption, sharing with her 1.6 million Instagram followers how exercise has helped her deal with her anxiety, OCD, and depression in ways she never dreamed possible. She even thanks Tracy for "showing [her] the light." (Try 3 Toning Moves Tracy Anderson Swears by.)

The best part? Dunham stressed that, while a great body might be an awesome by-product of working out, "it ain't about the ass, it's about the brain." (Can we get that printed on a t-shirt?!) Of course, we'd expect nothing else from Dunham, who recently defended her active lifestyle, setting the record straight that "there's nothing anti-feminist about being healthy."

Plus, we're really digging her self-described "Florida mom inspired workout look" (those leggings are everything). We can only hope we'll be seeing a lot more of this kind of celeb fitspo!