It is easy to understand that we are unaware of our breathing patterns while we sleep, but most of us don’t think this is true during our waking hours. For instance, do you know how you are breathing right now? Did you have to stop to think about it for a few seconds or were you so connected to your breath you could answer the question instantly? Most people are oblivious of the quality, rate, or depth of their breath at any given moment during the day. After all, who has the time to think about breathing all day long?
Nirinjan Yee, founder and president of BreathResearch, has come up with a solution to help us track our breathing throughout the day. Why does this matter? Because according to Yee, better breathing means better living. From professional athletes to the elderly, breathing is not only essential, it can improve performance, optimize health, and increase inner contentment and well-being by reducing stress.
So how can you track your breathing? With an iOS app called MyBreath. Rooted in more than 35 years of research, MyBreath has the ability to analyze, track and retrain your breathing patterns. Download the app straight to your iPhone and track your breathing in 90-second intervals, upload your data, get feedback, and track your progress.
“The goal is to provide people with an easy tool that can positively impact breathing reflexes and patterns within minutes and yet have lasting results,” Yee has said. What are the lasting results? When you use the MyBreath app you will learn when you tend to hold your breath, or breathe at an unnatural pace, plus be signaled when your breathing is optimal. This feedback can help to retrain your breathing patterns for a number of health benefits such as weight loss, increased endurance, and mindfulness.
With something as innate as breathing, you would think we wouldn’t need to download an app to our smartphones to remind us to breathe. While some might be insulted by the thought, others may actually benefit greatly. Breathing is essential to life, and if we don’t do it, or don’t do it well for that matter, the consequences could be serious. But don’t worry, there’s an app for that.
August 27th, 2012