Why is it that so many people enjoy running, jogging, walking and biking in Pleasant Hill, IA?
Pleasant Hill has it all: quiet streets, a mile plus lake loop, a growing courteous driver population and a variety of terrain.
Pleasant Hill is a wonderful little town to exercise in with its flat stretches and rolling hills. The weak would say stay away from hills but the strong know there are great benefits in hill training. Here are just a few:

You'll build confidence.
The more you run hills, the less intimidating they'll seem when you encounter them on a race course. Your improved strength and technique on the hills will definitely give you a confidence boost when you're racing.

You'll get faster.
The muscles you'll use to run up hills are the same ones used for sprinting, so the strength you build will improve your speed.
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You won't get bored.
If you're used to running on mostly flat courses, adding hills to your routines can help prevent boredom.

You'll build strength.
Running inclines, either on a hill outdoors or on a treadmill, is a form of resistance training that builds up the muscles in your calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Hill running strengthens those areas more than running on flat ground.

You'll reduce your risk of injuries.
As you strengthen your leg muscles through hill running, you considerably reduce the risk of suffering from running-related injuries.

You'll strengthen your upper body.
Uphill running forces you to drive your arms harder than you do when running on flat ground, so you'll improve your upper body strength.