Stress less, achieve more: Ultrahuman Ring Air adds guided breathing

Ultrahuman Ring Air users will be happy to know firmware update has started rolling out today. The software packs a new Breathwork Mode and some other improvements! I’ve already been exploring the update, and it looks very polished. Let’s dive into the new changes.

Breathwork Mode: The star of the show

The most interesting addition is definitely the new Breathwork Mode. Ultrahuman has clearly put in a lot of effort here to make this something useful. There’s now a handy “Quick Start Breathwork” button right on the Today page. With a tap, you’re greeted by a comprehensive list of Breathing Protocols.

These protocols are focused exercises with varying lengths and goals. Some target lowering heart rate, others increasing heart rate variability (HRV) – it’s about finding what works for you. I experimented with Deep Breathing, Box Breathing, 4-7-8 Breathing, and even the more intense Kapalabhati technique.

No matter what protocol you choose, the interface is polished. The Ring guides you through each inhale and exhale, with a timer for precision. Your heart rate and temperature are monitored live, giving immediate feedback on how the exercise affects your body. After each session, you get a detailed summary, further enhancing your understanding of your body’s responses.

Ultrahuman truly nailed this feature. It’s thoughtfully designed, making breathwork feel accessible and informative. This is where the Ring’s focus on metabolic health shines – breathwork ties deeply into how our bodies function.

The benefits of breathwork

It’s important to understand why this Breathwork Mode is useful. Controlled breathing practices have been utilized for centuries to promote both physical and mental well-being. Studies suggest that breathwork can help reduce stress, improve focus and clarity, boost energy levels, and even aid in regulating blood pressure. By consciously controlling our breath, we can influence our autonomic nervous system, shifting away from a ‘fight or flight’ state and into a state of relaxation and recovery.

But there’s more!

But let’s not leave out the other enhancements in this update. Battery performance seems to have been given a boost. Plus there’s enhanced BLE connectivity which should mean a more stable, reliable pairing with your smartphone.

Essential readingTop fitness trackers and health gadgets

As a reminder, if you haven’t read my original hands-on review, the Ultrahuman Ring Air is a stylish, feature-packed health tracker. Unlike bulkier smartwatches, it focuses entirely on deep metabolic insights. It monitors your movement, sleep patterns, heart rate, and HRV, providing tailored recommendations through the Ultrahuman app. It’s designed for those serious about optimizing their fitness and well-being.

I’m also currently working on a review of the Ultrahuman M1 Live, the company’s realtime glucose tracker. Keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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