Candace Cameron Bure explains how exercise helps with her depression: 'I need to keep my mental health clear'

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 21: Actress Candace Cameron Bure visits Hallmark Channel's
Candace Cameron Bure talks exercise and how it helps her mental health. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Candace Cameron Bure has a very specific reason for getting her sweat on.

In a new interview with the Salvation Army for their Red Kettle Campaign, the Fuller House alum got candid about how working out is “so beneficial” for her “mental health.”

"I juggle, as we all do, a lot of plates,” the Make It or Break It actress explained. “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."

Bure, who shares three children with her husband, retired NHL player Valeri Bure, added that “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," she noted. "That's why I keep going. There are a lot of benefits I get. My mind is most important, and exercise definitely helps that."

The devout Christian previously opened up to Yahoo Life about how the coronavirus pandemic helped her reflect on how she handles stress — especially when exercise wasn’t as easy to accomplish.

"I learned so much in the pandemic about myself, as a mother and as a wife," says Bure. "I've always known that a parent is always their child's biggest example, but all the more in this pandemic because we've all been together and we haven't had those moments to take off for the weekend or go to the gym. I'm a patient person, but I am not a stress-free person. And I show it."