A normal resting breath rate for an adult is about 15 breaths per minute. That would be 15 breaths/minute x 60 minutes/hour x 24 hours/day = 21,600 breaths per day.
The average rate of respiration in a healthy adult human is about 12 breaths per minute. “This is based on an ‘at rest’ basis and assume the adult is healthy, without fever or encountering breathing difficulties.” So, in a day, humans breathe about 17,280 times in a day (12 x 60 minutes x 24 hours).
Of course this can vary on the individual. I like the equations above, and they give a great estimate. Keep in mind that breathing can vary widely depending on person and activity. Those who spend a great deal of time doing aerobic or anaerobic activities will breathe differently. Those who stress or fixate concentration on something can tend to “forget to breathe” at times, or take shallower breaths. Conscious breathing stabilizes and relaxes the body and consists of deep inhales and long, drawn out exhales. All of these scenarios occur in different time frequencies.
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