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What should I know about the Relax feature?

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The Relax feature provides personalized deep breathing sessions that can help you find moments of calm throughout your day. You can choose between 2-minute or 5-minute long sessions. This feature is available on select Fitbit devices.

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How does Fitbit track my breathing?

While you’re sitting still, your Fitbit device measures the beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate, known as heart rate variability (HRV). As you inhale, your heart rate increases, and as you exhale, your heart rate decreases. Your device uses these changes in heart rate to recommend a personalized breathing pattern during each guided breathing session. You can learn more about HRV, an important indicator of overall health and fitness, in several places including the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

What are the benefits of deep breathing?

Deep breathing is a common meditation technique that can help you let go of stress and maintain a quieter state of mind (source). Research shows that taking a few minutes to relax each day can reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (source).

How can guided breathing help me feel relaxed?

Stress releases a hormone called adrenaline that causes your breathing to quicken and your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. Known as the “fight or flight” response, this reaction can take a toll on your body if sustained over a long period of time (source). Deep breathing exercises can help shift your body and mind into more relaxed states (source).

When should I use guided breathing sessions?

You can practice deep breathing whenever you want to find a moment of calm. Guided breathing sessions can be effective in the morning as you prepare for the day, prior to an important mid-day meeting or function, or in the evening as you wind down before bed.

How do I start a guided breathing session?

For instructions, choose your device.
  • Blaze
    1. On your watch, navigate to the Relax screen.
    2. The 2-minute session is the first option, but you can swipe to choose the 5-minute session.
    3. Tap the screen and then tap the play symbol in the bottom right to start the session.
    4. Remain still and breathe deeply during the calibration period, which lasts 30-40 seconds. The phrase “sensing your breathing”  will appear on your screen.
    5. When prompted, follow the guide (the circle on your screen) and breathe deeply. You can close your eyes because your watch will vibrate when it's time to inhale and exhale. If you want to turn off the vibration, tap the gear icon on the Relax screen.
    6. After you complete the exercise, press the back button to return to the menu.
    Note: You can’t pause the session, but you can quit at any time. To exit, press the back button on your watch. 
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    To see a guided breathing session in action, watch our video (English only):

     

    1. On your tracker, navigate to the Relax screen.
    2. The 2-minute session is the first option, but you can tap to choose the 5-minute session.
    3. Press and hold the button to start the session.
    4. Remain still and breathe deeply during the calibration period, which lasts 30-40 seconds. The phrase “sensing your breathing”  will appear on your tracker’s screen.
    5. When prompted, follow the guide (the circle on your screen) and breathe deeply. You can close your eyes because your tracker will vibrate when it's time to inhale and exhale.
    6. After you’ve completed the exercise, press the button to return to the menu.
    Note: You can’t pause the session, but you can quit at any time. To exit, press and hold the button on your tracker.
     
  • Ionic
    1. On your watch, tap the Relax app (User-added image). 
    2. The 2-minute session is the first option. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) to choose the 5-minute session or to turn off the optional vibration. Then press the back button to return to the Relax screen.
    3. Tap the play symbol in the bottom right to start the session.
      User-added image
    4. Remain still and breathe deeply during the calibration period, which lasts 30-40 seconds. The phrase “sensing your breathing”  will appear on your screen.
    5. When prompted, follow the guide (the circle on your screen) and breathe deeply. You can close your eyes because your watch will vibrate when it's time to inhale and exhale.
      User-added image
    6. After the exercise, you’ll see a summary that shows your alignment (how closely you followed the breathing prompt), your heart rate at the start and end of the session, and how many days you completed a guided breathing session this week.
    Note: You can’t pause the session, but you can quit at any time. To exit, press and hold the back button on your watch.

What’s the difference between the 2-minute and 5-minute long sessions?

Both sessions guide you through a series of deep inhalations and exhalations and require you to maintain focus. If you’re new to meditation or mindfulness, you may prefer to start with the 2-minute exercise and build up to the longer one. If you practice mindful or guided breathing regularly, you may want to skip ahead to the 5-minute exercise.

What do the sparkles mean?

Based on your device's analysis of your heart rate, you'll see feedback after 20 seconds letting you know how closely you’re following the guide. The more sparkles you see, the more in sync you are with the guide. If you don't see many sparkles during or after the exercise, try to follow the guide more closely next time—inhaling and exhaling slowly can be difficult if your breathing was rapid at the start.

Are there any health risks associated with doing a guided breathing session?

During the deep breathing session, you should feel comfortable and relaxed. If you feel like you’re unable to complete the full session, you can quit at any time. If you start to feel dizzy, faint, weak, or any other discomfort, stop the session immediately and return to breathing normally. If the feeling persists, lie down until you feel better, and consider seeking medical attention if symptoms continue to persist. Use caution or consult your doctor before use if you have any pre-existing cardiac or respiratory condition.

Will I receive notifications during the guided breathing session?

All notifications are automatically disabled during the session. If you’ve set a silent alarm, your device will vibrate at the time specified.

Can I see my guided breathing history on my Fitbit dashboard?

At this time, the Fitbit dashboard doesn’t store a history of your sessions. Guided breathing sessions are only available on your device.

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Last updated: October 16, 2017
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