By Elizabeth Narins
On the heels of the news that the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge was actually effective at raising awareness and research money for the neurodegenerative disease known as ALS, a new challenge is popping up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube: It’s the #22PushupChallenge, and celebs are already jumping on it.
In response to an organization called 22Kill, which is looking to rack up 22 million push-ups to raise awareness about the 22 veterans who die by suicide every single day, people all over the world are posting videos of themselves performing push-ups — a worthy purpose with a solid payoff: ? .
Some people are committing to do 22 push-ups every day for 22 days — the #22PushupChallenge — then nominating three friends to participate too.
If you want to take part in the challenge but can’t perform a real push-up to save your own life, try a modified push-up against a wall, or use this guide to learn how to master a proper push-up. (FWIW, 22Kill’s original challenge calls for as many push-ups as you can perform, so no sweat if you can only do a couple.)
Tally the number of push-ups you’ve completed in your video so 22Kill can count them (i.e., “#10Pushups for #22Kill”) — and make sure you’re spreading the message about where veterans and active-duty service members can get help: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is a good place to begin, or you can hit up StopSoldierSuicide.org for more resources.