If you are looking for some inspiration in regards to fitness and/or a healthy lifestyle, go to YouTube, type Fiercelivy in the search bar, and get ready to work hard and feel great while doing it! Alivia D’Andrea has succeeded in making fitness fun, and her videos are full of inspiration for everyone, whether you dance, cheer, do gymnastics, play sports, or just want to get fit. As a dancer myself, I find her workout and stretching routines very helpful, and I love to hear her words of wisdom and encouragement as she guides you to a healthier, happier you! Be sure to check her out at https://www.youtube.com/user/fiercelivy
R: How did you get into fitness and when did living a healthy lifestyle become important to you?
A: Growing up I was always relatively thin, but not fit. My sophomore year in high school, I gained some weight and started to feel lethargic. I wanted to lose the weight, but in a healthy way, so I started researching healthier food options and it just kind of took off from there. After studying and exploring the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, I felt so great inside and out, and wanted to share that with my subscribers.
R: What made you want to start a YouTube channel?
A: I wanted to do something that allowed me to project my voice, and I thought YouTube would be a great platform. Little did I know how much I would love making videos. I’ve been on YouTube for about three years now, but it wasn’t until last June that my channel started to really gain popularity. I didn’t receive a lot of recognition my first two years, but I kept at it because I loved it so much. Then last year, I decided to alter the content I was producing, and suddenly the acceptance began to soar.
R: What are some of the opportunities you’ve had since you became a YouTuber?
A: My presence on YouTube is still fairly new. However, I recently signed with a talent agency, and I’m looking forward to future opportunities like branding, collaborating with companies, and events.
A: Make small, specific goals, such as making a commitment to drinking five glasses of water a day. You will be more likely to be consistent, and a little progress each day adds up to big results. Also, your mind is a very powerful thing, so you need to make sure you have the right mindset about leading a healthy lifestyle. Get excited about all the healthy recipes you can try, learn the limits of your body, and reach for greater heights through recreational activities. Fall in love with taking care of your body, mind, and spirit.
R: It can be hard to stay motivated. What are some tips?
A: I get this question a lot from my subscribers. My top three tips would be:
- Take photos and keep a food journal to keep track of your progress and help you see the bigger picture.
- Follow social media accounts that post flexibility and fitness inspo and create a playlist of all the songs that motivate you.
- Lastly, don’t think of healthy eating as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle.
R: I heard that you travel a lot. Where have you gone? Where would you like to go?
A: I’ve been to China, England, Russia, France, the Caribbean, Italy, Spain, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Hawaii. I would love to visit Shanghai and Bora Bora.
R: I know that you dance. What else do you do?
A: I enjoy playing the piano and public speaking.
R: What are your social media addresses?
A: We see so many tragedies on the news today, and it breaks my heart. As youth, sometimes we may feel like we can’t do much because we’re only “kids,” but remember that simple acts of forgiveness and charity, like donating food or clothes, and even just smiling at someone, are things we can do now. Great achievements can come from many small deeds strung together. Nonetheless, the one constant that can change the world from lonely and bitter to beautiful and compassionate is love. In any form, big or small, love can transform us all.
Written by Anna Tallarico
Photo credit: Alivia D’Andrea