I love fitness challenges! Â Joining one in early 2015 actually helped me jumpstart my weight loss. Â There’s just something about a challenge against others that helps with motivation. But this last challenge I participated in was a bit different for me because it wasn’t about losing weight, building muscle, or anything like that (although it did help some with the latter). The #22kill challenge I participated in involved during 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to help bring awareness to veteran suicide. But why 22? Â Based on information provided via the 22kill website mentioned later in this post, an estimated 22 veterans die by suicide daily. Â Findings show that this stems primarily from conditions such as PTS, TBI, and struggles with adjusting back to society after leaving the military.
I used my social media platform to help spread the word about this challenge and since then others have gotten involved, as well. Â I’m very proud to help bring awareness to such an important issue that does not get nearly as much attention as it should. Â One night in IHOP (yes, I did my push-ups there, as well), I got a chance to talk to two marine vets about how they’ve witnessed buddies they served with suffer from issues such as depression. Â They said others simply struggled with adjusting to normal society again after being away at war. Â And one vet who watched one of my Facebook videos said he actually knew a couple of guys who committed suicide because of their issues. Â This really is a SERIOUS problem for many of our vets who have served tirelessly to keep our country safe. Â Don’t you think we owe it to them to bring more attention to this issue?
If you are interested in joining the push-up challenge simply do your push-ups with a brief explanation of whyour you’re doing it. Â Be sure to include #22kill each time you post a video. Â Get others involved and ask them to do the same. Â For more information check out the site www.22kill.com. Â Let’s show our vets that we care!