For example, patients don’t have to be able to independently stand and move around to get exercise. Exercises can be complete while sitting in a chair, on the side of a bed or standing next to a table for balance, she says.
The use of resistance bands can help increase your heart rate even from a seated position. Wrap the band around the chair leg, bed frame or even a doorknob. Perform rapid resistance exercises such as chest presses or bicep curls in fairly quick succession. Start with 20 to 30 repetitions per exercise and increase exercise volume as endurance improves.
Simply punching the air is another easy cardio exercise that can be done while seated. Add hand weights for more resistance or incorporate a video gaming system (such as the Nintendo Wii) for variation and fun.