How to Make Pan-Grilled Pork Chops

How to Make Pan-Grilled Pork ChopsPork has had an unfortunate history in this country. As the child of a mother who learned to cook at a time when trichinosis scares were around, all of our pork chops were cooked to well-done. Couple that with the fact that the pork industry spent years catering to customer demands for leaner and leaner meat, and it led to a generation of kids that grew up knowing pork chops only as dry, pale slabs of meat as stringy as a burlap sack and as tough and leathery as Clint Eastwood with a sunburn. Yuck.

But the times they are a-changin', and things are looking up for pork. For one thing, we now have relatively easy access to much better meat. Heritage breed pigs that are bred for flavor instead of low fat content. We also have much safer pork—pork that can be eaten at a juicy medium or medium-rare, the way it was meant to be. On top of all that, we're in a virtual renaissance in terms of novel cooking techniques; better, smarter ways to maximize the flavor and texture of a pork chop. Today we're going to discuss a few of those techniques and see if we can't nail down the best.


Ingredients

  1. 4 to 6 boneless pork chops
  2. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  3. 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or other red pepper
  4. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. fresh black pepper, about 1/8 teaspoon

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10 Safety Tips for Runners


10 Safety Tips for Runners“It’s never too late until you believe it is!” This saying certainly applies to running. Regardless of your age or fitness level, the road is always paved for you to start your amazing running adventure.Now that the weather’s gotten very nice, you might feel inspired to revive your New Year’s resolution and get on your running shoes. But if your body isn’t used to running, you could face some challenges in getting started and maintaining the habit. You must train yourself to warm up and stretch before a run, so that your muscles don’t lock up or risk a strain. Additionally, you need to listen to your body, remain aware of your surroundings, and pace yourself to prevent injury.




Visit a Physician


Better safe than sorry! It’s always recommended for new runners to check out with a physician especially under the following conditions: breathing problems, overweight, heart problems, chronic fatigue, above forty, and if you have no running background whatsoever.
 

Start with a walk/run Program


“Too much too soon” is a big NO unless you want to quite within weeks because of fatigue, injury or both! “Slowly but surely” is how all successful runners began their running journey. You must incorporate walking into your running routine especially if you’re an absolute beginner. In doing so, you’ll reap all the healthy rewards of walking while slowly and steadily building up your pace and, in the mean time, reducing the risk of injuries.
 

Check Your Heart Rate Regularly


Most beginning runners are so keen to monitoring their weight but they often forget to check their pulse. As you probably know, Running is mainly a cardiovascular activity. It actually trains your heart to pump more blood to your body with every heartbeat. As a result, you would eventually need less beats to work for you.

It’s highly recommended to check your pulse regularly and monitor your improvement. The ideal checking moment is just after waking up. Here’s how you do it: Count your heartbeats for ten seconds. Then, multiply the number by six to calculate your total pulse per minute.

If you’re running regularly and within your fitness level, you should notice steady improvement in your heart rate. Of course, it wouldn’t happen in a day or two but you should see measurable results within weeks or months in some cases.

It’s very important to remember that if your heart rate increased by five to eight beats per minute one day than the day before, chances are high that you’re overdoing it. In this case, it’s advisable to take a rest and check the pulse again the next day. Once it’s back to the old level, you could start running again.
 

Keep a Running Log


Most experienced runners assert that keeping a running log is by far the best way to keep track of their progress. The good news is: You don’t even have to buy a running log. Simply make up your own on a paper or computer spreadsheet. Your running log should include basic information about your runs including: time, distance, type of workout, weight and pulse.

It goes without saying that you will become extremely motivated to feel that all your effort is paying off, as you see your mileage increase while your pulse and weight decrease thanks to running.

Listen to Your Body


It’s never too late until you believe it is!You could become your own coach once you learn to listen to your body. Muscle pains and tiredness are perfectly normal running pains. However, beware if during or after the run, you start to feel dizzy or experience pain in the chest area, the legs, or the back.

In this case, you must stop running immediately and start walking or completely resting. Later on, you’d need to decrease your training load or even stop when necessary until the pain is ceased. If still in pain after all, you must check with your physician.

With experience, you’ll understand you body signals and learn when to keep going and when to stop.
 

Lower Your Intensity


Don’t fall into the trap of starting at a too high intensity. Paradoxically, the slower you go when you begin, the faster you will become in the end! “Base building” is by far the most essential part of your running. This will result in easy running in the future. Low intensity running for beginners is an excellent aid in avoiding overtraining. If, at the end of your workout, you would tell yourself: ’I could’ve gone a bit longer’, it’s a clear indication that you’ve been running at the right pace.
 

Maintain Regular Workouts and Healthy Diet


To ensure maintaining steady progress, it’s far much better to run three to four times a week for thirty minutes than two run once a week for two hours. It’s very important to ensure that you follow an effective running schedule that takes into consideration slow yet regular build-up.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet if you strive to make the most out of your running.  Poor eating habits could easily sabotage your effort and hinder your desired progress.




Warm Up and Stretch

These are actually two separate steps. Many people mistakenly regard stretching as part of their warm-up.But you’ll want to walk around and warm up your muscles before you start to stretch. Stretching cold, stiff muscles can lead to strain and injury.Try to focus on muscle groups and areas that are used during runs, such as the calves, hamstrings, glutes, IT band, hips, and core muscles.

Pace Yourself

Don’t try to force your body to complete a 5K run if you haven’t done one in a while. Understand your limits and work your way incrementally to your goals.If you’re completely new to running, try alternating between jogging and walking. Each day, walk a little less and jog a bit more. Bring a stopwatch so you can carefully measure out times and distances.

Listen to Your Body

Pain is your warning to stop. Whenever you feel discomfort, try to address it. Ignoring it will not make running injuries go away; in fact, they can become worse.Examine your gait and shoes to see if these play a role in generating pain when you’re running. If you cannot identify the source and the pain persists, then check with a sports medicine doctor.

Awareness of Surroundings


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How to Deal with Arrogant Boss

How to Deal with Arrogant Boss
These days you can hardly find someone satisfied with his boss. Whenever you ask someone about the reasons he doesn’t like his job he will tell you that he has a difficult boss.

We agree that some bosses are really difficult but the question you should ask yourself is, “what do I mean by difficult boss?”

People usually label someone with the term “difficult” when they fail to understand the inner works of that person.


People appear to be difficult as long as we don’t understand their real intentions, however as soon as we see things from their perspectives we can understand their actions and even end up accepting them.

We're not saying that you don't have a difficult boss or that you are imagining things but what we're trying to say is that this difficult boss can be seen in a different light.


Understand Your Role

Having a clear understanding of your role -- in writing -- is one of the first steps you can take to manage an arrogant boss.It's crucial that you know what's expected of you and what your specific duties are so you can draw on this information if you need to protect yourself. If your boss tries to criticize your work or put down your performance, you'll have documentation to support your role and contributions to the organization.

Don't Immediately React

Arrogant people often act the way they do because it gives them a sense of control and power. The wrong reaction can play a big part in reinforcing your boss's power trip, especially if you give him what he's after. An arrogant boss usually wish you to feel intimidated or for you to slip up and make a mistake. Even something like rolling your eyes when he speaks is enough to add fuel to his fire, and if you are thinking about criticizing his behavior, you might want to think again. Criticism is one of the biggest mistakes an employee can make when dealing with an arrogant boss. Try to stay calm and professional and avoid shooting from the hip, no matter how tempting. Keep a written record of your boss's attacks and criticisms for future reference.

Stay professional

You aren't going to get along with everybody all of the time, and you aren't required to be friends with your boss. You don't have to like your boss, but you should perform your job duties in a professional manner while you are at work.

Communicate 

Many conflicts are often resolved when people simply talk to one another and discuss the problems they are having in a mature manner. The best way to communicate is to simply ask your boss if you can have a conversation with him in a quiet setting away from other co-workers. Let your boss know about the issues you are having with him in a nonthreatening way. Ask him what expectations he has and what you can do to improve. Also tell him that you want a harmonious workplace relationship, and ask what can be done to achieve that.

Separate work 

Don't allow workplace negativity to affect how you feel at home. Instead, attempt to detach yourself as much as possible from your work life when you are off. This could be done by avoiding relationships with co-workers and maintaining relationships with friends and family that are unassociated with your workplace. Also, don't check work-related emails during your time off if possible.

Discuss Your Concerns

Discussing your concerns with an arrogant boss could be a scary proposition, but it might be helpful in resolving the situation. You have a right to work in a respectful workplace, and if your boss isn't fulfilling his end of the deal, he needs to be informed. This doesn't mean confronting your boss and starting a battle, however. It's best to schedule a quiet time to sit down with your boss and discuss the effects of his actions and comments on your work performance. Keep your statements as neutral and professional as possible -- avoid personal attacks or emotional statements.Using your boss's criticisms as a way to gain some common ground. Ask him what he would like you to improve or how the two of you can solve some of his concerns together.

File a Complaint


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Playing Golf is a Great Exercise

Playing Golf is a Great Exercise

Most people regard golfing as just a form of exercise that senior citizens and CEOs do. In their eyes, it’s more a form of relaxation than a real workout.


It’s true that many people play golf as a way to de-stress, and they enjoy the comforts of the game: the golf court, the caddie hauling your clubs, the refreshments, etc.



However, when played like a pro, golf can actually be a pretty excellent form of exercise. You’ll find that playing golf can be great for your heart, your lungs, your muscles, and your body in general. Below are three reasons why golf is more exercise than many people think.





Walking

Have you ever walked through a golf course? Imagine you’re walking about 250 to 400 yards for each hole, and multiply that by 9 to 18 holes. That’s a whole lot of walking!
Researchers tell us that walking everywhere is a surprisingly great way to get exercise and burn calories. Now, just because you’re walking, that doesn’t mean you’re getting the same amount of exercise you’d get from running or cycling.
However, walking is considered one of the best forms of exercise. You can keep your heart pumping at a good rate, and promote fat loss along with improved heart function.
If you walk everywhere, you can easily burn 500 to 800 calories during an 18-hole game of golf. You’ll find that you’re quite tired by the end of the game, and yet you had a wonderful time walking from hole to hole.

The Golf Clubs

A single golf club doesn’t weigh too much, but have you ever carried a bag full of them? We’re talking about 12 to 14 golf clubs, each of which weighs between 1 and 3 pounds. You can end up hauling around 15 to 20 pounds in clubs alone.
When you add all the other accessories to the clubs, the weight of your golf bag really adds up. It may not be enough to cause pain or wipe you out, but it will certainly give you good exercise as you walk from hole to hole.
You’re already getting some exercise walking between the holes, and now you add the extra weight of your golf bag to the mix. It’s like walking with a bag full of heavy books: a great way to get solid, low-impact exercise!

The Training

If you’re an avid golfer, you probably spend a fair amount of time training to improve your game. Maybe you’re considering installing artificial turf in your home for practice.
One essential aspect of your golf training is strength training. In order to send those balls really flying, you’re going to need pretty decent upper body and arm strength. Your coach or trainer probably makes you do some form of strength training, because that ensures you can get stronger — and thereby more proficient at golf.


The strength training may be simple, and it may not involve a full workout in the gym, but it certainly will involve lifting some weights. You may do body-weight training, or simple functional training exercises. Whatever you do, it’s excellent for your muscles, and it’ll make you a better golfer.

Balance

One of the best types of exercise that you can get from golfing is an increase in your ability to balance your body. A high degree of balance is not only difficult to achieve, but is very important for a number of reasons. First, individuals who exhibit a great sense of balance often have a very strong core.  Your core includes the abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles of the lower back and even the buttocks. These muscles work together to help prevent back pain, falls and a number of other dangerous occurrences. Whenever you get a chance to work on improving your balance, you should take it.

Concentration

Golf is a great way to exercise your body. However, as recent research has found, this is not the only type of exercise that your body needs. Exercising your brain is also very important not only for long life, but also for the prevention of brain degradation, which can result in memory loss. Golfing forces you to remember numbers, images, and even specific tips and techniques. Therefore, it is a great all-around way to exercise both body and mind.

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