By now you’ve probably started seeing photos and videos of people doing the plank pose in and around London. It’s a fun and contagious activity that will soon spread around the UK and points beyond. The goal of all this frivolity and fun is to raise awareness of the Parkinsons condition and raise money for much needed research to find a cure.

So, how do you get involved? First try to do a plank for at least a minute and have someone either take a photo or video or even do a selfie. The plank pose is sort of like a push up that you hold – and you can do it a variety of ways, whatever feels comfortable and doable for a minute. If in doubt google “plank” and see some options and position photos. While you’re doing the plank you may notice some cramping, aching, stiffness or shaking – all symptoms that can occur with Parkinsons.

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After this fine effort, make a donation here – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Plank4Parkinsons – and then challenge as many of your friends as possible to do the same and have them make a donation as they “plank it forward” and get their friends involved. If you can post the photos or video on Facebook and Twitter, even better and use the hashtag #plank4parkinsons.

For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Plank4Parkinsons/ – there are detailed instructions and photos and videos of people doing the plank.