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In the wintertime, we have a few factors working against us as we try to stay healthy: we’re indoors more often, it’s peak flu season, and it’s cold, which can allow viruses to spread more easily and in some cases weaken the body’s immune response. If you’re prioritizing wellness this season, you may be interested in ideas for getting outside, staying active, and optimizing your health in the wintertime. If you live in Greenwood, Indiana apartments such as The Madison at Greenwood, you have the advantage of a modern, upscale community with amenities that can help you achieve these goals. Here are some essential tips for maintaining your health and well-being during the winter months.

#1 Bundle Up and Stay Warm
Being cold doesn’t cause you to catch a cold. But it can weaken your immunity, so the first line of defense against the winter chill is to dress appropriately. Layering your clothing helps trap heat and keeps you warm. When there’s a wind chill advisory, don't forget to cover your face, hands, head, and neck.

#2 Nourish Your Body with Wholesome Foods
Adjusting your diet to the season can have a positive impact on your health. Incorporate warming foods like soups, stews, and hot beverages into your meals. Don’t skip the fruits and vegetables that boost your immune system. Radicchio, endives, shallots, and various sprouts are in season in Indiana in January and February, so it’s even possible to eat fresh, local produce here during the winter months.

#3 Don’t Forget to Hydrate!
Even in the colder months when you might not notice it as much, it's important to stay hydrated. Winter air tends to be dry, and indoor heating systems can further contribute to winter dehydration. You don’t have to overdo it, but it’s a good idea to keep a reusable water bottle with you during the day.

#4 Connect with Nature
Spending time outdoors and breathing fresh air is important all year long, and exposure to natural light can also help regulate your natural sleep rhythm. Find time to bundle up and take short walks during your work day. If you enjoy outdoor activities, consider winter sports like skiing or ice skating, or check out one of the many nearby parks, such as Old City Park and City Center Park in Greenwood.

#5 Move Regularly
Even when you can’t get outside, regular exercise is key to winter wellness. Find indoor workout alternatives like yoga or Pilates. The Madison at Greenwood is home to a 24-hour fitness center with on-demand fitness, so you can get in whatever form of movement works for you.

#6 Prioritize Sleep
The longer nights in winter provide the perfect excuse for getting in bed early and prioritizing your rest. Establishing a consistent routine helps ensure you're getting enough sleep to support your overall well-being.

#7 Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation
Mental health is just one part of your overall wellness. Combat the winter blues by incorporating mindfulness, relaxation, and gratitude techniques into your daily routine. Many people find it helps you get into a positive headspace to start the day with some meditation or journaling.

Embracing winter wellness is all about taking proactive steps to care for your physical and mental health during the colder months. By bundling up, nourishing your body, staying active, and prioritizing self-care, you can navigate the winter season with resilience. If you’re looking for a new place to start a healthy routine this year, come see our friendly leasing team at The Madison at Greenwood Apartments for rent in Greenwood, Indiana. We provide dozens of floor plans designed to suit any lifestyle. Call (877) 922-0719 to schedule a tour and reserve your new home today.