New wearable trains good posture and healthy breathing

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  • Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014

BREATHE IN: The Prana wearable tracks breathing and posture in addition to steps.

Thought to be the first wearable that combines breath and posture tracking in one device, Prana is inspired by the idea that good habits in the two domains can lead to stress reduction, improved concentration and even reduced back pain. 

Prana aims to train diaphragmatic breathing, which is characterised by inhalations so deep that the abdomen extends as the lungs fill nearly to capacity. 

At rest, we often have the tendency to practice chest breathing, which only fills the upper lobes of the lungs. 

Studies say diaphragmatic breathing is preferable to chest breathing because the former allows a maximum of oxygen to enter the body, which leads to increased energy and a bevy of other health benefits that Prana highlights. 

Achieving involuntary diaphragmatic breathing starts with the right posture and the Prana website cites numerous studies to support this theory and the health benefits of frequent, full breaths. 

The device, which teaches breathing methods inspired by ancient techniques such as yoga, lets users choose between training using clinical or gamified settings on the corresponding app. 

It contains a library of breathing exercises as training tools and its pre-loaded algorithms are capable of evaluating breathing patterns. 

The device's rechargeable battery can last up to seven days and the device can be worn discreetly for it's not much bigger than a coin. 

It will start shipping in January at a retail price of US$150 (RM522). — AFP/Relaxnews 2014 

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