It was great to listen to Clare Balding’s radio 4 Ramblings programme last week all about Nordic walking. The walkers she accompanied – the Nordic Ninjas were a group of young women with learning difficulties and their mothers. Nordic walking offered them a physical activity that they could both enjoy and, importantly, be good at. The key messages were ‘empowerment’ and ‘sociability’. The poles provided support, helped them with balance and enabled them to walk further and faster than they had been able to before.