Breathing Rate

Introduction to parameter

Your breathing rate is the number of times your chest rises per minute. 

The normal breathing rate for a resting adult is between 12 and 20 breaths per minute.

We breathe in to take in oxygen, and breathe out to expel carbon dioxide.


To measure your Breathing Rate, you will need a watch or other timing device, for
example your phone, that counts seconds. The Me2GP app has a built-in timer.


Your Breathing Rate can be measured lying down or in a sitting position.
It is important that you are relaxed and have been resting for at least 10 minutes before
taking your measurement.


  • Take 2 deep breaths and return to normal breathing.
  • Count the number of times your chest rises over a minute. This is your normal Breathing Rate.
  • Record your result.

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