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The best gear to help you become a runner (even if you think you hate running)

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There's a good chance you're not wearing the right gear if you're someone who struggles to find the motivation to run. Here are the only 5 products you need to change that.

We might be living in a world where Pilates, Crossfit, Lagree and HIIT are the trendy workouts to be doing, but there’s no denying the fact that running has, is and will always be, one of the best forms of exercise.

It clears the mind and can be a blissful solitude or a challenging, breathless effort (sometimes on the same run). And there’s nothing quite like that elusive runner’s high, right?

If one of your goals this year was to start incorporating running into your workout routine but it still seems like a daunting task, we’ve got your back. Here’s the only gear you need to make it a complete breeze and joy.

What: Lululemon Tightest Stuff HR Tight 25”, $149, at Lululemon

Why: Pockets? Tick. High rise? Tick. Breathable fabric? Tick. It’s no wonder those that try them swear by them – and even end up buying a second pair.

What: Apple AirPods Pro, $399, at Apple

Why: Yes, it’ll set you back a tad but you can literally run faster than lighting and these pods won’t fall out of your ears. They’re also IPX4 water resistant so they can withstand your sweat and even a run in the rain. Plus, running with cords is the biggest distraction and is so last year.

What: Nike React Infinity Run, $230, at Nike

Why: It’s the latest addition to the brand’s running family. Basically, Nike has taken all the feedback from its predecessors to create their most comfortable, flexible, lightweight and supportive running shoe to date. With more foam and improved upper details, you can enjoy your run without the risk of injury. Also, how good looking are they?

What: FitBit Versa 2, $329.95, at Fitbit

Why: Featuring a six-day battery life, you can track your kms, heart rate and calories burnt from your wrist. It also features FitBit Pay so you can ditch your wallet and still stop for a coffee and avo toast post-run.

What: Nike Rival Sports Bra, $75, at Nike

Why: Fact: a proper bra is just as important as proper shoes. This one features Nike’s highest support along with adjustable straps (oh, how we love adjustable straps!), and a hook-and-eye back closure for the most comfy and personalised fit. And whether you have a small or big bust, it’s available in cup sizes from 30A to 38E. We’ll wear this snug bra over our day bra any day.

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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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MAFS’ Mikey’s hilarious ‘workout’ 

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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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