It's all in the hips

It's all in the hips

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on March 23, 2015:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Lakeshore Foundation with help from Carol Kutik on Exercise Monday. Today, Carol discussed strength and flexibility in the hips and why it is important for good posture and body mechanics while walking, sitting and moving throughout the day while performing daily activities. The hips move in many directions - forward, back, sideways and diagonally, and when there is weakness or tightness in any of those movements, all of our joints can be affected, including shoulders, knees and ankles. Poor posture can cause the hips to be out of alignment, as can overuse and injury. The first exercise of the morning is good upright posture, either standing or sitting. She also demonstrates several strength exercises that you can begin doing two times a week after you consult with your doctor. The squat is one of the best strengthening exercises for the hips and can be done anywhere. It is a basic functional move as we need to be able to squat every time we getup and down. Begin with a chair for balance, with your core muscles contracted and your feet hip width apart - push your hips back as if aiming for a chair and slowly careful to keep your knees behind your toes - begin with just a few inches until we get stronger. Begin with 10 repetitions and then add more as you get stronger. Variations are squats side to side. You always want to maintain control and while you may feel your muscles working, you shouldn't feel pain in your knees. If you feel pain, check your alignment - use a mirror if it's possible or have someone watch you. Use a step for lunging. Facing forward to the step, step onto the step slowly until your knee is directly above your ankle. You can use the stairs in your home for this. Step back and then alternate legs, always being careful to line up your knees and ankles. You can also lunge back from a standing position lining up your knees and ankles. Another variation is to lunge onto the step from the side. Waling side to side also uses important muscles in the hips. She showed us some hip exercises on the mat. On your side, with hips stacked and head and neck relaxed, raise the top leg slowly, staying in alignment and lower the leg slowly. Next bend both knees and bring the knees about 45 degrees to the front. With your feet together, rotate your hips upward, like a clam and lower slowly. Repeat 10 to 15 on each side. For more information, call 205-313-7400.

BBB - Here are 5 ways to avoid falling victim to a sweepstakes scam. Whether it's by mail, phone or in person, con artists are using the promise of prizes and large cash winnings to steal from honest people. Victims often get an unsolicited phone call, email or letter from someone notifying them that they've won a lot of money or a prize. BBB wants you to be able to recognize red flags of a sweepstakes scam. Many times, the contest letter or caller will explain that in order to collect the winnings you have to send a small sum of money to pay for processing fees or taxes. Following these instructions, victims wire the money or use a prepaid card, but never get their "winnings." Legitimate sweepstakes don't make you pay a fee or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning -- that includes paying "taxes," "shipping and handling charges," or "processing fees" to get your prize. There's also no reason to give someone your checking account number or credit card number in response to a sweepstakes promotion. BBB receives calls every week from consumers who believe they have won the lottery or a sweepstakes and unfortunately, these scams leave many people losing their hard-earned money.

To avoid falling victim to a lottery or sweepstakes scam, beware of these five red flags:

1. You can't win a contest you didn't enter. You need to buy a ticket or complete an application to participate in a contest or lottery. Whether it's by phone or mail, scammers seek out their targets. Verify that it is a legitimate business by doing research on the company.

2. You are offered 'too-good-to-be-true' prizes. It is almost always a large sum of money, but there is always a catch. Scammers attempt to make it sound easy to claim your prize. The reality is it is very unlikely that someone will give away large sums of money with no strings attached.

3. You have to give personal information. Anytime someone tries to get your bank account number, Social Security Number or other sensitive information, that should be an automatic red flag. There is also no need to access financial information, like a credit card number in response to a sweepstakes promotion.

4. You have to pay to win. Don't be blinded by the promise of a large sum of money in the future. If they are asking you to give them money first, that's a red flag. According to the Federal Trade Commission, it's illegal to ask you to pay or buy something to enter or increase your odds of winning. Legitimate prizes do not come with processing fees, and taxes are paid directly to the Internal Revenue Service after winnings are collected.

5. You have to wire money or use prepaid debit cards. If you are asked to use these transfer methods in order to get a prize or any other large sum of money, that is a major red flag. It's difficult to track these types of transactions, so you will have little to no way of getting your money back.

DR. ASA- Mike talked with Dr. Asa Andrew - known as America's Health Coach, MD®. He is also a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. Today he discussed six healthy habits of high energy people.

1. They Don't Hit The Snooze Button - The sleep after snooze is called disrupted sleep, not deep quality sleep. It can actually make you feel more tired throughout the day.

2. They Eat A Higher Protein Breakfast - Skip the donuts, bagels, and the cereal. Focus on eggs, meat, or even a protein shake with fruits and vegetables.

3. They Don't Use Caffeine After Lunch - Caffeine can disrupt our natural sleep cycle. Avoid about 8-10 hours before bedtime

4. They Exercise Almost Daily - There is a direct correlation with exercise and sleep

5. They Don't Watch the Tablet or Phone in Bed - The blue light from the mobile devices stimulates the brain to not shut down and go to sleep.

6. They Don't Sleep In On The Weekends - Going past your normal bed time hours can create a jet lag state where your body gets out of rhythm.

For more information, visit drasa.com/.

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama cooperative extension agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs.

BEST FAMILY CARS - Determining the best family car depends largely on what kind of family you have. For example, if you and yours are the outdoorsy types, an SUV may be the best way to go. Urbanites might benefit from a minivan or sedan. Those in between, well, that's what crossover SUVs are for. The market has responded to these different circumstances with a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles to suit virtually any need. Helping ease the struggle to find the best new cars tailored for families of all sizes, the editors of Kelley Blue Book's KBB. the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, have named their recommended list of the 15 Best Family Cars of 2015. Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book discussed this year's best new family vehicles and trends among new family-friendly vehicles, including today's 'must have' features, the growth of family-friendly technologies available in today's new cars, and more.

KBB.com's 15 Best Family Cars of 2015

Year Make Model

2015 Chevy Impala

2015 Chevy Tahoe

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Honda Accord

2015 Honda Civic

2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Honda Odyssey

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Ram 1500

2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Sienna

For a full list of 2015's 15 Best Family Car winners, please visit: kbb.com.