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Francesca Bankovich

A vibrant 25-year old with a purpose to integrate health and fitness into marriages.

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

My greatest recommendation is to evaluate the small things you can change in your daily habits instead of completely overhauling your current lifestyle. So much progress can be made by even the seemingly-smallest adjustments! Are you drinking enough water? Do you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables? How is your sleep? Start small and celebrate your wins along the way - not only will your health improve, but so will your confidence by following through on bite-sized commitments.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I think anyone passionate about health and fitness would think, "Where do I start?" in response to this question. For me, amongst all the changes that life throws at us, fitness remains the singular constant. It's my lifeline in mind, body, and spirit. Whether it's needing a mood boost, exerting pent-up energy from sitting at a desk all day, or simply devoting time to show my body respect, I know it will continue to be a constant positive and integral part of my daily routine.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I am thoroughly sure that my purpose in this life is to integrate wellness into marriages. Since my background is in exercise physiology and nutrition, I sought out help with the business-building aspect of that purpose that resulted in thousands of dollars invested in business coaching. So, while not sexy, I would use part of the $20,000 towards debt in building that wellness-based business and use the remainder to start a home gym due to our current nation's shutdown status.