You have probably all heard about the various different video challenges that go around social media, with the purpose of raising awareness for specific causes. One of our contributors was recently nominated to the 22 push-ups a day for 22 days challenge, which was started to raise awareness for service men and women suffering from combat stress disorder, or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The number 22 is significant because it is the average number of veterans that take their own lives EVERY DAY because they are suffering with this disorder, and they feel there is no other way out.

This challenge will hopefully follow in the success of other previous awareness campaigns such as the ALS challenge, and increase not only awareness of the issue but also bring in some valuable donations. Luke completed the challenge, uploading a video every day to Facebook, but then created a short compilation video which you can see below:

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Of the challenge, Luke said:

I normally stay away from these types of video challenges, and this on in particular is a big commitment to make sure you do it every day for 22 days. However when I learned of the cause behind it, I made sure I completed it.

A lot of people took part in the challenge, but I didn’t see many get past day 11. Some also said that 22 push-ups was too easy, and they would do 44 push-ups, or 22 handstand push-ups, but in my opinion it’s not the push-ups that make this challenging. It’s the consistency of doing it every day, filming it, editing it and uploading it even when you’re busy or have other things going on.

I don’t judge anyone for not completing the whole challenge as it is hard, and in fact I’m glad they started it as it will have helped with the awareness of the cause. However I’m really pleased that I made it to the end.

If you want to help, you can take part in the challenge or you can donate online or via text message. For more information, view the link to the website below.

http://www.combatstress.org.uk/support-us/22pushupchallenge/