How to Measure Breathing Rates

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How to Measure Breathing Rates
A strenuous activity like jogging has a big impact on your breathing rate. (Yagi Studio/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Breathing rates, or respiration rates, are the number of breaths you take each minute. One breathing rate equals one in breath (inhale) and one out breath (exhale). The breathing rates can change whether you are at rest or doing a physical activity. Your breathing rate even changes when you are travelling at higher altitudes. Certain health factors, such as smoking, can also have a negative effect on your breathing rate. To measure your breathing rates, you need a calculator and a clock.

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  • Clock or stopwatch
  • Calculator

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  1. 1

    Choose whether you want to measure your breathing rate at rest or after exercise. If you want to measure your resting breathing rate, ensure that you are relaxed and not doing any strenuous activities.

  2. 2

    Breathe in and out normally. Count the number of respirations (in and out breaths) in two minutes. Time yourself with a clock or stopwatch. Repeat this three times.

  3. 3

    Add up the numbers on your calculator. Divide them by three.

  4. 4

    Divide the number by two to get your average number of breaths per minute. This is your breathing rate.

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