Charles M. Shelton is Associate Professor of Psychology at Regis College in Denver and a licensed psychologist in private practice. He explains the thoughts behind the title of this book: "We know that for our muscles to maintain their form, we must choose to stay physically active. The same principle applies if we wish to become morally fit. We must develop an exercise plan for our moral lives; otherwise, moral fitness declines, leaving us morally weak and infirm."
Dr. Shelton suggests a "daily Moral Inventory" comprised of four steps: recalling that we are moral persons, spending some time in gratitude, examining how we have lived a moral life today, and taking up the moral challenge. The author suggests that conscience is vital to a free society and a touchstone for living a virtuous life.
The problem is that families, religious institutions, and schools have failed to teach conscience as the passport to a life of high moral adventure. He cites the lack of civility, respect, and kindness in contemporary culture and the difficulties individuals have in sustaining their good intentions on a day-by-day basis. All of this stems from "our failure to sustain ongoing awareness of our lives as moral beings." This eminently worthwhile book will help you achieve that goal.