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Joel Kampf

Healthy Aging and Active Living Coach

A 50's and up coaching practice that guides folks to stay fit, active and engaged into their eighties and nineties.

Seattle, WA
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Seattle
Seattle WA 98164, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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About me

I believe that life is not a dress rehearsal and I would be nuts not to make the most of every minute of it. When I turned sixty, I rode my bicycle, solo, from Williamsburg, Virginia to Seattle, in 78 days. Just over half way across, on the top of a Colorado’s pass, I met a guy going the other way (east to west).

He said he had crossed the country 22 times before - and just finished riding the perimeter of Iceland… and then he flew to Vancouver BC and rode south to catch the Trans-am Trail on his way to Ottawa via Kansas City and Detroit. He was 84.

He shared that he still did everything he had always done… just slower. And that, “Life was like a basketball game and the fourth quarter was the most fun, so why should I bench myself.”

It resonated - and when I pedaled away, I had a lot of time in the saddle to think about it. Along the way I formulated the idea of this coaching practice (I was already an executive and organizational change coach). While doing the due diligence needed to create curriculum, I couldn’t help but become an anti-ageism advocate as well… and make both of these pursuits my life’s work.

I want to remain active until I drop. I want to explore, travel, learn, meet new people, enjoy my family and friends, and help others. And I want to spread kindness - because I don’t think there is anything better I can do with my life… and I'd love to help anyone who wants it, to do the same for themselves.

PS. You don’t have to do anything as crazy as ride your bike across the country to become fit, active and engaged for the rest of your life.

My Philosophy of Care

We only have one life and it just makes sense to live every day to the fullest. And to do that, you have to be well.

Here’s a definition of wellness: Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

I don’t know if I chose to be in the wellness industry or it chose me. Doing this work is one of the only things I’ve done my entire life that made complete sense… with no downside. As corny as it may sound, I believe that when I help someone to make the most of their life, they will educate others to the opportunity… and then, maybe, the world becomes a little bit happier.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Because I am always looking to learn how to be more effective, I have asked my clients what they felt coming out of their first session. Here’s what a few of them said:

“You really listened… and didn’t judge me at all.”

“I wasn’t sure that I could do this… but when we broke it down into bite size pieces, I know I could.”

“ I asked a lot of questions, but you only asked one, “Are you willing to do the work?” So that let me know that I might have a guide, but in the end, it’s up to me."

“We talked a lot about changing the stories we have around fitness, nutrition and engagement, and that seemed hard… until I found out how to do it - that you can change stories by setting goals and creating new habits to reach them… which sounded doable.”

“I felt like it was all about me, and that this coaching practice wasn’t cookie cutter - it’s designed to work with my stuff.”

My Inspiration

Generally, coaching is about defining, setting, achieving goals and discovering and evolving the behaviors you’ll need to do so. By listening, asking questions and challenging assumptions, I’ll help you develop accountability, structure and commitment.

It’s also an opportunity for cognitive, moral and social development.

When I listen to you, it’s not just about the content of what you are saying, it's also about how you make sense of the world. I listen to learn about how you decipher the world.

A fellow coach/teacher of mine shared, “Development is not a race to the finish line. It is the journey of our lives. The way we come to see and re-see the world around us.”

As I work with clients to achieve goals, I also strive to help them discover how their connected to systems around them, how to see multiple perspectives and how to discover their own growth edges so that they may continually, “Come to see and re-see the world around them.”

And this begins with self-compassion, or mindfulness - the ability to focus on the present and be non-judgmental about your feelings, thoughts and sensations... and the acceptance of your own challenges with kindness and understanding.


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Joel Kampf Answers
I work with folks, fifty and up to help them to stay active into their eighties and nineties. I counsel my clients to work out an hour a day, six days a week. Seventy-five percent cardio, and the rest strength and balance. I help them find the right cardio for them and suggest Yoga, floor exercises (push-ups, core/balance work etc) and a little hand weight program. On top of that, I suggest that they always look to take a more active approach to day to day living - ie: take stairs instead of elevator, park a few blocks away on purpose, walk whenever possible. It takes a while to get up to six hours a week, but if you do it in bite sized pieces and stick with it, you'll become more energetic, sleep better and feel more agile. PS. Don't forget to stretch.
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I have a routine that helps me start the day with focus, energy and curiosity. But what works for me may not be right for you. I built my routine by making a priority list starting with things that I want to do for myself that I generally don’t have time for, like reading. And I also looked at what would make me feel my best to start each day. Then I looked at my current habits and decided to drop a couple… and then determined what new habits I wanted to create. Changing things like routines or stories about how you’ve always done things, begins and ends with habits. And although it takes some work, there is a simple method to get rid of bad habits and adopt new ones. All of the suggestions listed on this thread are great for the folks who shared them - they can also serve as an idea bank for you as you consider how you want to start your day.

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