The Push-Up Challenge

#pushforbetter mental health this June

We’re excited to announce headspace has returned as an official beneficiary partner of The Push-Up Challenge in 2024!

From 05 -28 June, challenge yourself to 3,249 push-ups and help us put a spotlight on the number of people who died by suicide in Australia in 2022. 

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What is The Push-Up Challenge?

The Push-Up Challenge was created to promote awareness and encourage positive mental health. It’s a fun and unique way to engage your friends, family, colleagues and community in mental health through connection, physical activity and education. 


Join The Push-Up Challenge

Registration is free. Challenge yourself to complete 3,249 push-ups over 24 days. Aim for half or the full push-up target.  

You don't have to be a push-up pro. Alternatives like sit-ups, squats or tailored exercises are all welcome.  

Sign up solo or get your crew together – invite your mates, work, school, gym or sports club. 

Join us and #pushforbetter mental health this June.


Why should I be part of The Push-Up Challenge?  

There are lots of great reasons to get involved in this year’s Push-Up Challenge. 

By participating and raising funds for headspace, you’ll allow us to pilot new and innovative programs, grow our reach and improve mental health outcomes of young Australians. 

You’ll also help boost mental health knowledge, promote the importance of seeking help, reduce stigma around mental ill-health and make sure people who are experiencing mental ill-health know they are not alone.  

Our participants will also reap the mental and physical health benefits of exercising. 


Frequently asked questions

Can I raise funds for my local headspace centre? 

Yes. You can choose to help raise vital funds for headspace to support our national mental health programs, or directly support your local headspace centre.


Is it free to join The Push-up Challenge? 

Yes. There is no cost to participate in the challenge. 


Who can participate in The Push-Up Challenge for mental health? 

All Australians across the country can participate in the challenge.  If you are under 18, you'll be asked for your parent/guardian to approve of you taking part when registering.


How fit do I need to be to take part? 

Participants of all fitness levels can join in. Being able to do 10 push-ups consecutively is a good starting point. 

If you find this challenging, we suggest some preliminary training before the challenge starts. Remember, you can also opt for alternative exercises like sit-ups, squats, or customised routines. 

Additionally, there are designated rest days (every Sunday) during the event to allow for recovery and prepare for the upcoming week of push-ups. 


Does it have to be push-ups? 

Not necessarily. We encourage participants to diversify their exercises. Consider sit-ups, squats, or another personalized workout that appeals to you. 

Feel free to vary the type of push-up you choose to do as well. Whether it's standard, on your knees, against a wall, or even one-handed for a greater challenge! 


How do I join a team?

Already registered? Simply go to your dashboard and choose 'Create Team'. 

If you haven't registered yet, click 'Register' and then select 'Create Team or Community' and proceed with the steps.