Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs below for answers to the most common questions about The Push-Up Challenge event.
If you still can't find what you're looking for then contact us, and we'll do our best to help!

If you have questions around mental health support, you can find more FAQs and support services on our Mental Health Support page.

When is The Push-Up Challenge happening?

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In 2024, The Push-Up Challenge tool place from February 1 to 23.

You can register your interest for future events here.

How much does it cost to take part?

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$0. It's free to take part.

How do I register?

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Registrations for The Push-Up Challenge 2024 in Canada are now closed. Register your interest for future events here.

The Push-Ups

How do I bank push-ups?

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The main way to bank your push-ups each day is via our app. You'll also be able to use our website (when logged in) here.

You can bank push-ups for the day you're on, or go back and bank them for any previous day of the event. You can't bank push-ups for future days.

Does it have to be push-ups?

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Not at all. We encourage you to try alternative exercises if you need a break from push-ups. You can substitute push-ups with sit-ups, squats or another tailored exercise that works for you.

You may also like to try different types of push-ups throughout the challenge. Standard, on your knees, wall push-up or even one-handed push-ups are all encouraged.

How fit do I need to be to take part?

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You don't need to be fit or strong to complete the challenge, but if you're not sure, it is best chat to a suitably qualified health professional.

Being able to complete 10 push-ups in 1 set (without stopping) is a good place to start. If you struggle to complete that, we recommend a little bit of pre-event training. Don't forget, you can always do alternatives like sit-ups, squats, or tailored exercises.

To break it up, there are 3 rest days (every Sunday) within the 23-day event to give you a chance to rest those muscles for the coming week.

Can I bank more than the day's push-up target?

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The maximum amount that you can bank each day on the phone app or website is the same as the daily push-up target.

What if I don't complete my daily push-up target?

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Don't worry if you fall behind with your daily targets. You can catch up and bank push-ups for a few weeks after the event finishes.

Is this event accessible for different abilities?

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Absolutely.

We encourage mixing up your exercises to fit your abilities. This could mean wall push-ups, sit-ups, tricep dips, or other tailored exercises.

You are also welcome to aim for a smaller target, like 25%, 50% or 75% of the full target. The app lets you know when you reach these milestones each day.

If you have any concerns, it is best to check in with a health professional before taking part.

I have injured myself, what should I do?

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Stop and get advice from a suitably qualified health professional. Perhaps there is an alternative exercise you can do, or perhaps you need to rest and you can take part next year. A suitably qualified health professional is the best person to ask about this.

Fundraising

Do I have to fundraise?

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Whilst encouraged, it is up to you whether you fundraise or not.

If you choose to fundraise, you will help make a difference to mental health in Canada by raising funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

How are the fundraising dollars spent?

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All funds raised through the event go directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

CMHA delivers community programs, services, and resources to help people living with mental illness, as well as preventing mental ill-health and promoting positive mental health and resilience.

CMHA identifies and responds to Canada’s most pressing mental health priorities on both a national and grassroots level. At a national level, they push for nationwide system and social change. At a community level, millions of people in Canada rely on CMHA’s extensive grassroots presence for mental health programs and services.

Visit the CMHA website to find out more.

Is my donation tax deductible?

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Yes, all donations made to any of The Push-Up Challenge donation pages are tax deductible, in-line with Canada's income tax laws.

Are my online donations secure?

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Absolutely. Information exchanged with any website address beginning with https is encrypted before transmission.

I was never sent/lost my receipt. Can I still get one?

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Yes. If you're a participant, you can find your donation receipts for any donations that you've made yourself in your settings when logged in. Just go to 'My Account', and then 'Your History' and you can download your receipt.

If you've donated to one of our participants, you can access your receipt by clicking 'Login' at the top of our homepage, and then entering your email address on the right hand side under Donor Login on the next screen. 

Can I use Facebook Fundraisers, Instagram Fundraisers or other fundraising platforms to raise money?

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No. Currently, donations made outside of The Push-Up Challenge website can't be linked or allocated to participant fundraising pages for The Push-Up Challenge 2024.

To ensure your donations go directly to CMHA as part of The Push-Up Challenge and appear on your fundraising page, please donate via The Push-Up Challenge website.

Can I make a business donation?

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You sure can. Just select that option when making a donation.

Can I donate to a team or the cause in general?

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Yes, you can donate to an individual, team, community, or the cause in general.

Click here to make your donation.

Can I donate to another cause instead?

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There are many great causes out there, however all funds raised through The Push-Up Challenge will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

When do donations close?

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Fundraising is open until March 8, 2024 for individuals, teams and communities.

What is CMHA's Charitable Registration Number?

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The Charitable Registration Number for the Canadian Mental Health Association is 10686 3657 RR0001.

The App

Go to the app info page to find out everything you need to know about the app.