10 Health Goals to Make for 2012 ...

Even though it's almost fall, there's still plenty of time to make health goals for 2012. Remember, being healthy is about more than just losing weight, although that might be one of your goals. True health comes from within and without. It's about being happy, having peace of mind, and doing things that make you feel good. The best health goals don't focus on one area. Now, I know that sometimes you make so many goals, it's impossible to make good on them. Don't worry, I'm not advocating that. On the contrary, here are some important health goals to make before the year is out, goals that you'll easily be able to incorporate into your every day life.

1. Stay Active

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One of the most essential health goals for 2012 is to stay active. If you're already active, whether you workout at the gym, take a walk or a run every day, or regularly go for bike rides, just make sure you keep it up! Even if you haven't started doing this yet, it's never too late. Keeping up an active lifestyle doesn't just help you lose weight, it also makes you feel better. Your mind and body both feel more alert, which benefits your entire life.

2. Drink More Water

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This is one health goal for 2012 on which I'm still working. Drinking plenty of water is so important. It helps you lose weight, it improves your metabolism, it keeps your body hydrated, your skin and hair moisturized, and it just makes you feel better. There are ways to spruce it up if you find that it tastes too boring. It quenches thirst better than anything else, too. If you haven't already made water your drink of choice, make sure you start now!

3. Get More Sleep

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When life gets hectic, sleep always becomes the sacrifice, doesn't it? If you fall behind at work, if you're stressed, or even if you'd rather be playing on the computer or reading a good book, sleep always gets put on the back burner. Even if you can't get eight hours of sleep every night, try to get at least six or seven. Give yourself an extra fifteen or twenty minutes, even. Try to go to bed earlier a few nights each week and, if it's feasible, let yourself sleep in on your days off. Sleep is the great healer, it rejuvenates your mind and body, so make it your new BFF.

4. Stay Motivated

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If you're making health goals for 2012, this is one of the best. After all, if you don't get and stay motivated, how are you going to make good on your goals? Whether you're trying to make sure you always finish your homework on time, finish your work in a timely manner, or exercise on a regular basis, you have to be on top of your game. Motivation is essential, so strive to exceed your own expectations.

5. Spend Time with Your Family

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This is one of the best health goals you can make, especially in terms of your mental and emotional health. Your family is so important, whether you're hanging out with your blood family or the family unit you've created for yourself. It can be your mom and dad, your closes friends, or your partner and children. Just make sure you have time to be with them. Relax, do fun activities, and simply be there to support one another.

6. Go out with Your Friends

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Having time with your friends is incredibly vital, too. We all need time to decompress, and often our friends help us do that. Even if you can't get together as often as you used to, make time for each other. Let your families get together or spend time with your buddies exclusively. You can all go out for coffee, cocktails, or dinners, have lunches at one another's home, form a book club together, take walks, form playgroups... The options are endless, but make that time.

7. Lose Weight

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This one is not for everyone, but if you do want to lose weight, then make that one of your health goals for 2012. There are so many ways to do it, many of which are actually included on this list! If you start making exercise fun, you'll have a much easier time. Remember that weight loss is a slow but steady journey, and that you cannot accomplish it without combining a healthy diet with regular exercise.

8. Eat Healthy

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Speaking of which, eating healthy is definitely important! It doesn't even matter if you're trying to shed some extra weight or not, you need to make sure your diet is full of nutritious choices packed with essential vitamins and nutrients. I'm not saying you can't indulge, just learn how to moderate your favorite vice foods. By eating well, you'll feel better in mind and body.

9. Laugh More

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Laughter really is the best medicine. This year, make sure you do it more often. There isn't a real fountain of youth, but laughter comes close. It makes you feel younger, and isn't that more important than looking younger? Let loose, have fun, and realize that many of the situations that stress you out actually have their funny sides.

10. Take Time for You

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Last but definitely not least, it's crucial to make plenty of time for yourself. Schedule regular time to pamper yourself. For you, that might mean getting a pedicure or a massage, taking a long bath, reading a great book, or simply meditating in a quiet corner of your home. However you choose to take time for yourself, just make sure that you do it. Those moments spent loving yourself are worth it, because they improve your life and, by extension, they improve the lives of those closest to you.

Everyone certainly has different health goals for 2012, some of which they've been working on all year, some of which they've only recently made. Some of them are general and others are specific, but whatever the case, working towards a goal, or several, is important. It's all about bettering yourself and improving your physical, mental, and emotional health. What are the best health goals you've made this year?

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