As we’re all getting ready to bring the heat to Palm Springs, we need to remember that it’s already pretty hot there! I’ll also be attending and I want to share some practical tips.
The biggest concerns will be sunburn, dehydration and maybe heat exhaustion. It will be very hot, with forecast temperatures in the mid-90s (that’s 33-37C for our metric-speaking friends), but the humidity will be low. It’s a dry heat. right? 🙂
Dry heat is good because it’s easier to sweat and to stay cool, but we can become dehydrated without even realizing it, if we don’t replace the water we lose from sweating, especially as we’re dancing by the pool! (Well not me, I generally have 2 left feet!) A good rule of thumb is to alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water. It’s a little weird to think about, but how often you need to pee is also a good guide. If it’s been 3-4 hours since the last time and you still don’t feel like you need to pee, you’re probably getting dehydrated and it would be a good idea to drink a bottle of water.
You’re all packing sunscreen, right? Whether or not you have a base tan, the last thing any of us want is some sunburn taking away from the sexy fun after the sun goes down. And hey, here’s your chance to ask if you can apply sunscreen on the hard to reach (or easy to reach!) places for that sexy friend you’ve been checking out! Remember, it’s a good idea to re-apply periodically, especially after getting out of the pool! For the follicly-challenged among us (that’s me!), a hat is a good idea too. And don’t forget your @Casualswinger sunglasses!
For the morning exercise crowd, earlier is better, while it’s still relatively cool out (yes, even if you were up late enjoying some fun in the playrooms!) For the running crowd, unless you’re coming from a place that’s just as hot and you’re used to the heat, plan on slowing down the pace a little bit. Save your energy for the playrooms at night!
If you’re feeling the effects of too much sun, listen to your body and take a break. A dip in the pool is good (though you’re still under the sun), some time in an air conditioned space would be better. Best would be a cool shower, perhaps with a friend. That may lead to a different kind of heat, but that’s okay 🙂