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Australian Open champs raise a whopping $5M for #rallies4relief

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Tennis’ bad boy Nick Kyrgios rallied his champion colleagues to raise nearly $5m for bushfire victims.

The #rallies4relief charity match included a who’s-who of the sport's biggest names, including Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafale Nadal.

Canberra-based Kyrgios was motivated to do something to help the residents surrounding his smoke-filled hometown. He had originally pledged to donate $200 for every ace he hits during the summer tournament season, including the Australian Open, and this went even further, raising over $4.8million.

Kyrgios took on Federer in a one-set match and talked about the personal impact the bushfires had on him and his hometown.

“Back home when I was in Canberra I couldn’t even go outside. It was emotional and I’m just so happy that we had Roger, Novak (Djokovic), Rafa, some of the greats to get behind it and everyone around the world at the moment — the awareness has grown and I think we’re doing everything we possibly can to overcome this together,” he said.

He admitted that “it’s been an emotional couple of weeks” after his original tweet.

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“Through ATP Cup it was practically why I was playing so hard … I just wanted to send a message,” he said.

“I just had dinner when I wrote the tweet (pledging to donate), that was the opportunity for me to use my platform and the whole Aussie team got behind it.

“I woke up the next day and it had kind of exploded and it was so emotional.”

Federer and Nadal also donated $250,000.

“Talking with Roger (Federer) a couple of hours ago we decided to give $250,000 to the bushfire relief,” Nadal told Channel 9.

Fundraising efforts will also continue throughout the Australian Open.

Rally For Relief was first held in 2011, to help those affected by the Queensland floods that year. Federer was part of that and was happy to get onboard again.

"What I wanted to do was raise awareness, raise money and tell people to still come and travel to Australia because people probably think around the world that you can't right now," Federer said.

"That was the idea. And to have some fun, have a hit with Nick … we get along very well.

"We've had some epic matches over the years and this was fun … it wasn't about winning and losing."

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Super cushy running shoes may not be your friend

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While a thick-soled running shoe feels comfortable, new studies show that a thinner style may be better for your stride.

There’s something cloud-like about a maximalist sneaker. All that cushioning is extra bouncy and it feels like you’re running on air.

But it turns out that not being able to feel the road underfoot is affecting your gait.

A new study that compared the effects of maximalist vs neutral sneakers over the course of a 5km run found that “runners exhibited increased impact forces and loading rate when running in a maximal versus neutral shoe. Because increases in these variables have been associated with an increased risk of running-related injuries, runners who are new to running in a maximal shoe may be at an increased risk of injury.”

It’s because runners are landing on their feet harder, thinking that there’s more protection from all that cushioning. This means they’re more susceptible to pronate more, which is when their ankles roll inward as they take off.

But then this study of the minimalist, webbed-foot sneakers that were all the rage a few years ago showed that in some cases, it increased injuries compared to standard sneakers.

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So what to do?

Assistant professor of kinesiology at San Jose State University, J. Hannigan, said thicker soles contributed towards more ankle movement.

“If you extend a shoe’s height, it will tend to be more unstable,” he told the New York Times.

Then there’s this study that says while maximal running shoes are increasing in popularity, their greater loading rates, impact forces and the eversion mechanics in these styles “may indicate an increased risk of injury.”

So don’t just reach for the thicker soled sneakers just because they’re all the rage. Visit a speciality sports store to get fitted for the right pair for you.

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We’ll take one of everything from P.E Nation’s H&M collaboration

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Launching globally in stores and online on March 5th, the Australian activewear brand has worked hard on a sustainable collection to bring P.E Nation's unique aesthetic to the legging-loving masses.

If you're a lover of activewear, Pip Edwards' and Claire Tregoning's success story is probably not new to you. The best friends and business partners started their fashion/street/sportswear brand P.E Nation back in March of 2016, and now – almost exactly four years on – the duo are celebrating a big milestone; a global collaboration with blockbuster Swedish fashion chain, H&M.

The capsule collection riffs on P.E Nation's distinctive take on retro sportswear, but with a modern nod to sustainability – using organic cotton and recycled polyester throughout the 30-piece capsule, which includes swimwear, shoes and accessories, as well as apparel.

The price point will no doubt prove a drawcard for those who love the P.E 'look', but may not want to cough up $150 for a pair of leggings. Tanks start from $49.99, leggings $79.99 and statement outerwear for $89.99 – significantly less than the brand's full-price offering.

Working within a contained palette of pastels teamed with black, beige and white, the collection covers the sartorial territory that P.E Nation does best – gym-to-street; with oversized windbreakers, pleated maxi skirts and logo tees making the transition from Pilates to brunch not only seamless, but also stylish.

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Co-founders Edwards and Tregoning expressed their excitement for their latest project, saying “With the H&M collaboration, we want women all over the world to live a more confident, vibrant, fashionable life whilst juggling her fast-paced urban existence.The collection can be worn all day, every day, whilst being flexible, functional andstyle-led. All the pieces work so well together – it’s very easy to mix and match.”

The collection launches in H&M stores in Australia (and globally), as well as online, on March 5th, and by the looks of this it's going to sell its side-striped socks off. See below for some of our favourites from the range.

P.E Nation x H&M collection:

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