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Saturday 15 February 2014

Breathing Zone - App Review

Any App that promises to reduce your stress and anxiety, as well as improving mood has to be worth a look.

Acting as an intrepid (all right, curious) explorer, I set out to put it through its paces.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Just so we are clear about this; I'm no doctor so my views are very much those of a layman.

After 'playing' around with the App and convincing oneself that there may well be something to this, it is necessary to visit the settings.
Here you will find the 'Breathing Analyser', which will establish your current rate, and then suggest a lower rate. You can then set the length of the exercise (default is 2 minutes), the target breathing rate (in this context bpm is 'breaths per minute', and not 'beats per minute'), as well as a weekly target to encourage you to 'stay with it'.

You can be guided in your breathing by a male, or female voice, or just rely on the pulsations of the multicoloured dahlia on the screen.

There is also a choice of background music; pick from: celestial choir, classical strings, flowing water, Indian Bansuri, metronome, or singing bowls; optionally 'silent' isn't a bad choice either.

Having set that up, you are ready to use the App seriously, and it is extremely easy; just hit 'play'.

This is a premium priced App at $4 but, then again, what price good/better health?

Obviously, you don't need an App to breathe but, it is a great id to tranquility.

In the short term, as long as you have the time, the App will undoubtedly help. As to whether it can change your habits, that's another question... and the jury's still out on that one.

Nothing shared, which is a pleasant change. Be careful of drowsiness when using the App; this is very much a compliment, as it shows just how relaxed you can feel.

ACIDS Test Rating:

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To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Breathing Zone here and support for the App here.


  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Fixes background hum sound.

  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.6 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Adjusting the bpm during a session now works.


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