The Push-Up Challenge

June 2023

Let's push for better mental health.

Funds raised so far in 2022

$10,051,112

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Proudly Supporting

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Push-ups since 2017

Funds raised since 2017

How it works

Go solo or grab some mates and challenge yourself to 3,139 push-ups over 24 days in June.
Aim for 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the push-up target. You can spread them out across the day.
Alternatives such as sit-ups, squats or tailored exercises are also welcome!

Push for better

Help shine a spotlight on the number of Australians who died by suicide in 2020.

Get fit

Challenge yourself to complete 3,139 push-ups over 24 days in June.

You can aim for 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the push-up target. Other exercise alternatives are welcome. Complete your push-ups any time and any place. Track push-ups using our phone app.

Learn about mental health

Each day, you will learn about mental health as the push-up target relates to a vital mental health statistic in Australia.

For example, 135 push-ups because one recent analysis of scientific evidence suggests that three 45-minute exercise sessions per week (135 minutes total) is enough to provide anti-depressant benefits to mental health.

Have fun

Take part solo or with a group. Having a bunch of friends involved helps with the motivation and banter. You can sign up as a team or get your entire workplace, gym, sports club, school involved by creating a Community.

Join hundreds of thousands of people across Australia in the push for better mental health.

Make a difference to mental health and suicide prevention

Use your challenge to fundraise for one of three beneficiaries; Lifeline, Movember, or our own charity Push For Better.
Fundraising is optional but is a great chance to support critical mental health services across Australia.

The Push For Better Foundation runs The Push-Up Challenge and aims to raise awareness, engage and educate people and raise funds for mental health.

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services via phone, text and webchat.

Movember is a leading charity changing the face of men’s health and they’re taking on mental health and suicide prevention in a big way, to stop men from dying too young.

Track your push-ups

  • See daily targets
  • Enter ('bank') pushups
  • See how others are going
  • Learn about mental health
  • From app stores (iPhone and Android)

Getting involved is super simple

Find out more about how it works.

Our Founder: Nick's Story

Five years ago, Nick and a small group of mates decided they needed to get back into shape for summer. So the challenge was set - 3,000 push-ups in a month, no excuses.

From these early beginnings, the event has grown year on year. In 2019, Nick experienced depression before and after major open heart surgery.

While recovering with time off work and needing a focus, he threw his heart and soul into making The Push-Up Challenge a bigger event that could make a difference – to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

The Push-Up Challenge is now Australia’s largest mental health and fitness initiative, with over 300,000 Australians from all walks of life joining the push for better.