Just sending a shout out to @Excy and Michelle Mehl. Excy is a portable peddling exercise device that can work upper/lower body anywhere in the house. I have started/dropped countless routines in my day, but this is the only routine that has stuck. Half hour every morning, feeling good and staying fit. Excy is a local company that supports lots of health and fitness causes.
Hi Andrea! It must be a hard time right now for your mom if she loves to swim and can't get to a pool because of COVID! Pedaling Excy as an upper body ergometer is an absolutely amazing cardio and range of motion workout for seniors (also for triathletes or to be honest, a vanity play of wanting toned arms). There are several positions she can explore to mimic the resistance of the water in a swim position, but also stand and pedal arms to work on balance/core strength and upper body cardiovascular at the same time). Hand cycling is a hidden secret that mostly on physical therapist know about, but you can burn more calories cycling your upper body than lower body. Then she can use the same device to pedal her legs (makes watching TV more fun). Happy to chat! Can see some of the positions here: www.excy.rehab or you are welcome to call or email me (email@example.com or 425-205-9444).