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Notoriously 'Mentally Energetic, Physically Lazy' Lena Dunham Finds New Appreciation For Exercise — What Motivated Her To Get In Shape??

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Go, Lena, go!

If you're familiar with her hit show Girls or her book Not That Kind Of Girl, you know that Lena Dunham is not afraid to bare it all. But one thing has always been the same… she's never been inspired to work out. Well, that's all changing!

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In a recent interview with espnW — the actor, producer, and director opens up about how exercise has become more important than ever.

She shares:

"My relationship with my body is constantly evolving. I'm going to be 30 next year. I had to learn, as you age, you have to move. You have to move so you don't die. You have to move so your brain doesn't atrophy. You have to move so that you look a little bit like a person that you might want to be."

But, it wasn't easy! The 29-year-old admitted that starting this journey later on in life has had its challenges:

"I have never been a physically engaged person. Like, I was not an athletic kid. I was the kid who came up with a thousand excuses not to take a gym class. Even now, if I could, I would do all my work from bed. My boyfriend always says that I'm the most mentally energetic, physically lazy person he's ever met. And it's true."

We've all been there!

We are especially impressed with Lena's openness during her fitness journey. As we reported, Jack Antonoff's gal shared a paparazzi image of her running on Instagram — one she would typically be embarrassed of.

"There are a thousand reasons why exercise is important, and I've had to find ways to make it sexy for myself."

So, what are some of the comedienne's favorite benefits of this life change? She reveals:

"Endorphins are real. You run with someone for an hour, you feel pretty good. Running for an hour does not make you feel worse. I feel so much stronger and more capable than before … I started from a place of, 'I'm so annoyed I have to do this.' It was the last thing I wanted to do. When it became something that actually gave me pleasure, I was shocked."

What an inspiring message! The will to exercise doesn't come naturally for all of us, and we love that Lena is proving that it isn't impossible! Go, girl!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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