Ever found yourself feeling short of breath? Well, our respiratory rate may change
due to conditions such as when we're angry
An important indicator of fitness is respiratory rate taken when a person is resting
and at minimum stress.
When a person is in the above condition, a respiratory range of 10-20 breaths per
minute is considered normal.
As a general guide, fitter people often have lower normal respiratory rates.
Breathe slowly and deeply
While slow breathing may pose dangers, it is generally better for the average person.
Slow and deep breathing have shown to bring various benefits (refer to heart rate
variability for more information).
Did you know?
- Every minute we breathe, we take in 13 pints of air! This means we breathe about
6.15 liters of air every minute.
- We inhale and exhale air about 22,000 times per day and in the process, transport
about 300 cubic feet of air (which is about 8.5 cubic meters of air)!
- Human breathing mechanism is called tidal breathing, as air comes out the same way
it goes in.
Heart Rate Variability
Unlike a clock, our heart does not beat at a constant rate. The changes in the rate
at which our heart beats at is known as Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
Our HRV changes throughout the day, depending on the activities we carry out, our
mood, and various other factors.
In Tinké, HRV is used as a measure of how well our body can adapt to these changes
by analyzing your heart rate and breathing patterns. The better your body is able
to adapt to these changes, the higher is the measure of your HRV. Simply said, HRV
is used as a basis to monitor your level of relaxation.
During anxiety, our heart rate rises, muscles tense, we perspire more, and our breathing
becomes more rapid and shallow. Your measurement of HRV is thus lower. In contrast,
if you are relaxed, your measure of HRV will consequently be higher.
Did you know?
Studies shows that deep, controlled breathing helps you relaxes. When conducting
deep breathing, you will feel a decrease in heart rate.
By practising deep breathing on a regular basis, air is constantly being replaced
in your lungs, and your heart rate is kept at a calm level.
You should only practise deep breathing in a responsible manner.