Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has opened up on how he feels that gym time positively impacts his mental health. The Fast & Furious actor and kingpin of Hollywood muscle might put on a macho front with his jaw-dropping muscles and sense of humor, but underneath, there is a man who is happy to admit that he has suffered from depression. In a new interview, Dwayne has opened up on working out being a "help" in his battle against the condition, although he did clearly state that it "doesn't fix the problem." The 50-year-old is the latest star to cover Men's Health, which ran a full feature on him.
Dwayne Johnson Reveals Working Out 'Helps' Depression
Working Out Absolutely Helps
Speaking candidly about tougher past times, the Under Armour face shared:
“During those times when I fell into and was challenged by depression, the gym became my best friend —and I know it’s like that for a lot of people," adding: "You’re able to go to the gym to sweat out toxins and get a little bit more clarity when you walk out the door. It doesn’t fix the problem, but it helps.”
Says Men Should Seek Help
Shutting down barriers and stigma around men seeking support for mental health issues - or even admitting that they have any - the Black Adam star added: "As guys, we have a tendency to not ask for help. Ego gets in the way, and we start stuffing things deep down in our guts, which is not a good thing. I’ve become an advocate for asking for help.”
Male celebrities who have spoken out about depression include actor Brad Pitt, music face Kid Cudi, plus comedian Trevor Noah.
Keeping Things Simple
Dwayne is an actor, producer, spokesperson, ambassador, and entrepreneur, plus a father. He continued that he was "making sure that I still remain in touch with the simple core things that are important to me." Of course, "life can get crazy and funny for all of us, but especially when you get a little bit of fame, things have a tendency to go sideways."
Huge Instagram Following
When it comes to A-List stars, it tends to be the women winning the following race. Dwayne is followed by 348 million on the platform. Celebrity followers - and there are plenty - including fellow depression sufferer Selena Gomez, singer Justin Bieber, actress Reese Witherspoon, plus former sitcom star Jennifer Aniston. For more, give Dwayne's account a follow.