Jane Fonda: The best way to fight depression is to keep moving

Jane Fonda: The best way to fight depression is to keep moving


Jane Fonda is starring in 80 For Brady, which is getting mixed reviews. Critics say it has an excellent ensemble cast, but it’s not as funny as it could be. Audiences seem to love it though, it has a 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and bonus it’s only an hour and 38 minutes long. More movies should strive for an under two hour runtime. Jane was at a fitness studio opening in New York City where she gave some brief quotes about exercise. She of course reinvented herself in the 80s as a pioneer in the at-home fitness market. (I’ve done some of her retro workouts on YouTube and they’re intense!) Jane said that she works out as a way to fight depression, which is relatable. Jane told People Magazine that she didn’t start exercising in earnest until her late 30s. I’m sure that information has been out there, but I didn’t know that about her! Here’s more:

During the opening of H&M’s Move Studio in New York City on Wednesday, the 85-year-old spoke about all the positive things that have come from working out over the years.

Fonda, who famously revolutionized the workout industry 1980s with her at-home exercise tapes, admitted that not only did she realize that the “shape of my body” was changing when she first started working out, she also saw improvements with her mental health.

“I come from a long line of really depressed people, and the best way to fight depression is to keep moving,” she said.

Fonda added that she “thanks God every day” that she’s been staying active for more than four decades.

“You’ve got to stay strong,” she said. “I have a grandson who’s 3 years old, and I can still pick him up. I mean, I have to bend my knees and, you know, it takes a long time to get him up there, but I can still pick him up. You want to be able to carry your own bags.”

“You have to be able to, you know, make love,” Fonda continued. “I don’t remember much [about that], but do I remember you need flexibility!”

She admitted that she’s definitely grown into her love for working out and she didn’t always value fitness.

“I didn’t know that it was important to do ’til I was in my 30s,” she explained, noting that she used to make up excuses to get out of gym class growing up. “I had a ‘constant period’ all during school so that I couldn’t do gym — anything to get out of gym.

“It wasn’t until my late 30s [or] early 40s that I started to actually become active … [and] life before I was active, it wasn’t nearly as good as when I started to move,” Fonda continued.

[From People]

I was having a hard time last month and there were days I didn’t want to leave the house. I forced myself to go to group exercise classes and it really helped a lot. It’s basic, it’s well known, but exercise can combat mild depression particularly, and we sometimes have to remind ourselves of that. It can be hard to do when we don’t have the motivation to get moving.

Jane is doing great after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In December she revealed that she’s in remission after treatment. I’m so glad that she’s still with us and that she’s still working! I look to Jane and Rita Moreno particularly for inspiration, and all of the women in 80 for Brady are an example of staying active and fit into your later years. I also like how they typically don’t GAF what people think and will tell it like is. I strive to be more like that as I age.


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