What are effective exercises to tone my legs and glutes that I can do at home or in a hotel room while I'm traveling?
Start on all fours, with your shoulders directly over your hands and your hips over your knees. Extend your right leg directly behind you, at 6 o'clock, and lift your leg up off the floor without letting your back leg sink. Pulse up three times. Keep your spine long, and carry your leg counterclockwise, to 5 o'clock, then pulse up three times. Now carry your leg to 4 o'clock and pulse up three times. Head back in the clockwise direction, and pulse again at 5 and 6 o'clock. Continue for four rounds, then switch legs.
Lay on your back in the bridge position (knees up, arms flat on the floor, butt and lower back lifted). Pick your toes up off the floor, so your weight is in your heels. Squeeze and pulse (do not thrust) your cheeks together for eight counts, and then lower down. Repeat 4-8 times. This is a very small movement that others might not even see, but you can definitely feel it!
Lay on your chest with your hands under your forehead and your feet flexed, so your heels are in the air. Press your heels together like frog legs, and squeeze your gluts to lift your legs off the floor, so that your knees are lifted. Squeeze a bit harder to lift your thighs up off the floor, and continue to pulse up for 20-30 reps.
Sara Haley (SaraFitness.com) is a Fitness DVD Personality, Master Trainer and Creative Consultant for Reebok.