Dwayne Johnson, 50, says exercising helps manage depression

Dwayne Johnson gets real that at age 50, he's in the best emotional shape of his life.  (Flannery Underwood for Men's Health)

Dwayne Johnson, 50, is really starting to realize that he’s in the best emotional shape of his life. (Photo: Flannery Underwood for Men’s Health)

Dwayne Johnson says getting older is all about finding balance.

While talking to Men’s health for his December cover story, the Black Adam star, 50, shared how working out was his saving grace – both physically and spiritually – during some of the most difficult years of his life. It even helped him learn the power of vulnerability.

“During that time when I got depressed and challenged, the gym became my best friend — and I know it is for a lot of people,” he explained. “You can go to the gym to sweat out toxins and get a little clearer when you walk out the door. It won’t solve the problem, but it helps.”

For the megastar, finding balance is an exercise he’s perfected over the years, something he hopes other men can learn too.

“As guys, we tend not to ask for help,” he said. “Ego gets in the way and we start stuffing things deep inside us, which is not a good thing. I’ve become an advocate for asking for help.”

The actor added that he has found balance by “making sure I still stay in touch with the simple core things that are important to me.” After all, “life can get crazy and funny for all of us, but especially when you get a little bit of fame, things tend to go sideways.”

The Black Adam star says spirituality and physical fitness go hand in hand.  (Flannery Underwood for Men's Health)

The Black Adam star says spirituality and physical fitness go hand in hand. (Photo: Flannery Underwood for Men’s Health)

While it’s a “blessing” to have nearly 347 million followers on Instagram, Johnson recognizes that with great power comes great responsibility. Finding ways to connect fitness and mental health for his male fans is something he takes very seriously.

“I’ve been training long enough to know there are some great takeaways I could share that could help my audience on their fitness and wellness journey,” he said of routinely posting his workouts on social media. “One of the responsibilities, though, is to make sure the stuff I post is smart, training-wise — not stupid stuff that hurts you.

Johnson’s gym routine is no joke. While filming Black Adamstreaming Dec. 22 on HBO Max, he wanted to get in the “best shape” he’s ever been in — which wasn’t easy at this stage in life.

“As dudes, you hit your 30s, you like to think you got your ass together. You generally don’t have a f****** idea. You try to work your ass off. And you try to fake it to you make it, stuff like that,” he said. “When I was 40, I said, ‘OK, I’m going to train as smartly as I can for the next decade, balance training and family and work, be an open sponge, learn every day, but also not worry about ego training. not worrying about the weight i’m putting on the bar, pushing myself so hopeful, by the time i get to level 5 my joints feel great and i’m still able to not only maintain but real muscle and add some really dense muscle.'”

While his routine may seem extreme, he insists there is a spiritual method behind his madness.

“There is a Polynesian word called man,” Johnson, who says he is half black and half Samoan, notices. What it really means is like an energy, a force, a force that we all have and that always exists in our world. When I talk about mana, it’s a feeling I get that’s deep in the DNA here, and you can get it when you walk into the gym. You feel the mana. It can be very tangible.”

“I have always been connected to my cultures, my family and my ancestors, but as you go down the road of life you start to get more connected to your spirituality in that way that you start to realize what mana actually means, you know?’ he continued. ‘For me, mana becomes my daily anchor, and it is a reminder of my cultures. It’s a reminder of who I am; and it is a reminder to work hard, to be humble, to show gratitude; and it’s a reminder to always connect with people, as if we could be connected through them mana. It’s very powerful.”

Without a doubt, Johnson also shares that knowledge with his family: daughters Tia, 4, Jasmin, 6, who he shares with his wife Lauren Hashian, as well as his other daughter Simone, 21, who he shares with his ex-wife and business partner Dany Garcia.

When he’s not at the gym or filming the next big blockbuster, Johnson likes to post fun moments with his family on social media.

For example, in August, the action star posted an adorable video tribute to Tiana.

“Lil’ Tia ‘Cindy Lulu’ here has no idea. Absolutely no idea how much her love and kindness means to her father,” he wrote of his daughter, whose hair was on top of her head and mimicked Cindy Lou Wie, the character of Dr. . Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

“One day, years from now, hanging out in Dad’s office and sitting on my lap will be the LAST PLACE she wants to be,” the Jumanji star added. “So I’ll be greedy and take it while I can get it. Thanks for being so nice to your T-Rex daddy. One day you’ll understand.”

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