How Adam Goodes Has Been Prioritising His Mental Health During Lockdown - Men's Health Magazine Australia

How Adam Goodes Has Been Prioritising His Mental Health During Lockdown

What wellness looks like at the Goodes residence. - by Nikolina Ilic

An Adnyamathanha-Narungga man from South Australia, 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes is probably known best for his AFL career with the Sydney Swans. However after retiring in 2015 after sustained booing from crowds and a lack of support from the league, Goodes has turned his focus to transformative work with the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium, which he founded, as he helps “Indigenous businesses work in the defence sector. I’ve also partnered with a company called Nogard and become the majority shareholder. No other indigenous business is doing this in Australia as we import industrial and safety goods from around the world.”

Now, in he midst of the Covid lockdowns sweeping the country, work may not be less busy for Goodes (he is an ambassador for David Jones, Toyota and Qantas), but the AFL legend is taking the time to reconnect to his roots, and hone in on the daily rituals, health and wellness routines that have always been a huge part of his sporting journey.

He’s also grown out his hair, sporting a different look for his new role as a wellness activist with health supplement brand Wanderlust Australia NZ.


‘A proud Adnyamathanha man with a strong connection to self, his community, and the natural world – we can’t wait to share his work, values and rituals for living a conscious and connected life with you,’ the company posted on Instagram.

We spoke to him below about what life in lockdown looks like for him, and how has been putting his mental health first.

How do you practice mindfulness at home?

I love to play with my 2 year old daughter, I find that it helps me reconnect to my inner child. I also like meditating at night time before going to bed.

It makes me feel good. We should do more things that make us feel good.

How have you been looking after your health in lockdown?

I decided to get really fit. Lots of running and joined a fitness app with a mate. I have tried to maintain this but it’s been a struggle. I really enjoying going for walks with my family. Since signing up to be a Wellness Activist at Wanderlust I have really enjoyed incorporating their wholefoods and supplements into my diet, one that I am really into right now is the Wanderlust Energy Mushroom for energy support.

Have you been working out?

Been into my running again the last 6 weeks. I go through different stages where I am into my training app, into running into doing nothing. Covid has been a rollercoaster for everyone

What other wellness practices have you been doing over the last few months?

Diet has been a really big focus during Covid. We have been cooking new dishes and being very experimental to make it fun and keep creative.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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