People.com Lifestyle Health Candace Cameron Bure Says Exercising Helps Her 'Deal with Depression': 'It's So Beneficial' "I notice a huge difference when I don't exercise, how much it can affect me mentally and kind of deal with depression," the Fuller House star shared By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Associate Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 11, 2021 02:07 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Candace Cameron Bure. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Candace Cameron Bure knows the positive influence that working out can have on the rest of her body. While recently chatting with The Salvation Army Midland Division in support of their upcoming Red Kettle Campaign, the 45-year-old actress said that exercising has helped her to deal with her depression. Noting that she has "loved this journey of fitness" and that she feels "stronger at 45 than I did when I was 20 years old," Cameron Bure explained, "It's just every time you get stronger, or I see my muscles from doing more pushups, it keeps me going to want to do more and just keep that up." "Really another big part why fitness is important for me is it's so beneficial to my mental health," she continued. "I juggle, as we all do, a lot of plates. I not only juggle my family but also work in a lot of different capacities. It can get really difficult. The travel can get strenuous as well. I need to keep my mental health clear." Bob Saget Comes to Candace Cameron Bure's Defense amid Comments That She's 'Fake': 'You're a Positive Person' "Just sweating that out and all those endorphins really help me a lot. I notice a huge difference when I don't exercise, how much it can affect me mentally and kind of deal with depression," the Fuller House star added. "That's why I keep going. There are a lot of benefits I get. My mind is most important, and exercise definitely helps that." Candace Cameron Bure. Paul Archuleta/Getty During her chat with the organization, Cameron Bure also opened up about another aspect of her life that keeps her balanced: her family. When asked what her latest adventures in motherhood are, the actress said she is an empty nester now that her three children — daughter Natasha, 23, and sons Lev, 21, and Maksim, 19 — are no longer residing with her. "I have just entered the season of being an empty nester," she said. "I actually was an empty nester before the pandemic started." Candace Cameron Bure Says She's 'Very Sad' She Couldn't Drop Youngest Child Maksim Off at College "My son, my youngest, was in high school but was in Minnesota. I still never really got him back home because he graduated. But now, he's in college in Virginia. My other two who moved out, they're older," Cameron Bure continued. "So, this is definitely a different season of life for me." "But my kids don't need me any less. At least, that's how I like to think about it," she added. "They're still always calling, and we FaceTime about every other day. We're a very, very close family. I love it, but it's different. It's just weird not to have my kids at home anymore."