Spire IRL: World Cup takes our breath away (literally!)

We all know the phrase, “took your breath away.” We wanted to see how that applied to the World Cup.

Breathing patterns change according to your state of mind, extending from tension to excitement. Here at the Spire office, we’ve been pretty excited about the World Cup. We’ve got fans rooting for Italy, U.S., and Iran. As you can imagine, it’s been a flurry of emotion for us, though that emotion has primarily been disappointment. (Womp womp.)

Our office is an open, co-working space, with Spire’s space on the mezzanine, overlooking a cafe. Over the last few weeks, folks from Spire and other companies in the space have been gathering in the cafe, watching the games, and cheering on their favorite teams. The excitement has not only been audible, it’s been palpable. So, we decided to see what was happening to people’s breath at key moments during important games. We geared up a few fans by having them wear Spires, and watched as their breath, excitement, and tension fluctuated throughout the games.

First, we looked at the U.S.’s last game vs. Belgium. A bit after halftime, the U.S. had a golden opportunity to take the lead after being tied at 0-0 for quite some time. Here’s what happened to two U.S. fans sitting next to each other as we ALMOST took the lead:


Both fans held their breath, hoping the U.S. could squeeze the ball by the Belgium goalie, and… ended up a bit deflated when that goal didn’t materialize. It was, more or less, a bummer.

But then came the notorious Brazil vs. Germany game. Here’s the graph from one viewer who was completely certain Brazil was going to win. There was no way, in his mind, that Germany even had a chance. See how the game goes from boring to intense for him very quickly, as Germany scores two back-to-back goals in about one minute’s time:


Germany went on to score a total of 7 goals in the match. Needless to say, these fans’ breathing got quite a workout.

We’re staying excited as the World Cup watching will continue here at the Spire offices!

This is our 2nd Spire IRL post. If you missed the first one, check it out! Got an idea for a Spire IRL post? Please email us at hello@spire.io.

Spire In Real Life (IRL): A Work Break

Welcome to Spire In Real Life (IRL), a blog series where we show you how Spire works in real-life situations.

Today’s Spire IRL post highlights our intern Radhika who was wearing Spire to track her state of mind at work. Here, we illustrate a sliver of her day where her breath rate changed from a resting state to a working state. (The way we work often results in tension, which can manifest as muscle tension and an increase in breath rate.)

Radhika was on a short, 5-minute work break. During this break, her breath rate was an even 14 cycles per minute (illustrated below as “breaths per minute”, bpm). Then, she started her work, coordinating between different suppliers. As anyone who has had to coordinate between suppliers already knows, this is not an easy task.

So, what happened?

radhika gif

Radhika’s steady 14 cycles-per-minute (cpm) jumped up to 20.5 over just 20 minutes of working.

While 6.5 cycles per minute may not sound like a big difference on the face of it, consider that the average adult’s breathing rate is 12-18 cpm when at rest. So, while working, Radhika’s breath rate was above average. The animation above illustrates this a bit more clearly. Try breathing along with each animation – inhaling as the circle expands, exhaling as the circle contracts – to feel just how big a difference there is between the two breath rates.

For this first Spire IRL post, we looked specifically at breath rate. In future posts, we’ll be digging deeper into the connection between breathing patterns, health, and state of mind. The Spire IRL series will demonstrate how Spire works and can help you in real life. If you’re curious why breathing patterns are so important to health and state of mind, check out Breath & Spire: A Few Key Questions and Why Your State of Mind is Critical to Your Health.

Got an idea for a Spire IRL post?  Please email us at hello@spire.io.

P.S. Don’t worry about Radhika! We allow her at least three minutes of sunshine and recreation every day. 😛