Mark (in blue) enjoying the aerobics workout designed by ActiveSG with Eden Centre for Adults.
Mark sits within a circle, whirling his arms.
“Like a helicopter!” he declares with pride.
The 35-year-old, who has autism, loves all things that spin and the helicopter is his favourite.
It is a Saturday morning and he is here at the gym studio in Enabling Village, along with four others from Eden Centre for Adults, a social service agency dedicated to supporting persons with autism. They are enjoying an aerobics programme specially designed for them by Singapore’s national movement for sports, ActiveSG.
Says Head of Programmes for the Eden Activity Club, Sarayanan Mariappa: “We have organised many activities for our clients such as horse riding, badminton, inline skating and bell boating, which is like canoeing for a big group.
“We were looking for more activities for them and decided on aerobics because they need something visual in a structured environment, something that can be broken into pockets of activity because they can’t sustain their attention for too long.”