Not being able to exercise due to foot injury, surgery or lower extremity immobilization can be a frustrating problem for patient and physician alike. We want our patients to be adherent to our immobilization instructions and patients want to continue their cardio fitness workouts in spite of immobilization.
For the past two years, my office has been recommending the following YouTube video by Laurel House:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LtrciwU4Fbo  .
This instructional video shows patients how to do an effective upper body cardio workout while sitting on their bed. Laurel’s YouTube channel has other workout videos but this is the favorite of my clinic patients. It is fun and effective, and patients appreciate that you take their concerns seriously enough to recommend solutions.