When to use MyCalmBeat
We recommend training every day for about 10 minutes. But just like any exercise, the more you do it the bigger the benefit. Consistent daily training will help you strengthen the calm responses in your body that help you manage stress.
You can also use MyCalmBeat just before a stressful event or when you need to perform such as an important presentation. MyCalmBeat can also be beneficial when used before sleep to during periods of pain such as headaches.
Train on the Go!
MyCalmBeat has training exercises that you can do using your iphone, ipad, ipod touch, andriod or blackberry smart devices.
Find your best breathing rate
Everyone has one best breathing rate where they are most calm.
The MyCalmBeat monitor calculates this rate for you by listening to your heart rate patterns as you breathe at different slow breathing rates.
The ear clip heart rate monitor plugs into your computer’s USB port.
Train and monitor your progress
After you calculate your personal best breathing rate using the MyCalmBeat Monitor, you can then get the biggest benefit from your training.
Use the monitor to monitor your progress over time. With training, you can increase your heart rate variability over time.
While breathing at your personal best breathing rate, your heart rate curve becomes more variable (in green above) and follows a symmetrical pattern. In this state, you are most calm.
By training with MyCalmBeat you can increase the variability of your heart which will help you to:
- Decrease stress
- Improve Focus
- Build Resilience
Low heart rate variability has been connected to worry, negative feelings, pain, and stresses at work [1-5]. High heart rate variability enables you to recover more easily from stress, manage your pain , and boost your positive feelings and sense of wellbeing . High heart rate variability is also beneficial to our ability to focus and think clearly .
The most effective way to increase your heart rate variability is to calculate the one best breathing rate for you at which your heart rate variability is maximized and to breathe at this rate regularly . This rate is also known as your 'resonant frequency'.
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MyCalmBeat works by increasing your heart rate variability through slow breathing. MyCalmBeat first calculates your personal best breathing rate where you are most calm, and then gives you tools to train by breathing at that rate.
Your personal best breathing rate is unique to you, and does not change. It reflects the physical properties of your cardiovascular system.
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