(Number of calories burned listed above on a treadmill; it is the third number)

Everyone who has used a piece of electronic exercise equipment has seen them: the calorie counters that display how many calories you have burned by working out.

The number of calories burned always seems depressingly low. You’ve worked extremely hard, your muscles are burning, and sweating is dripping down your face, but it looks like you have barely burned any calories at all.

Don’t worry, you’ve burned more calories than you think you have.

That’s because exercise equipment only counts the calories you burn by doing that exercise; they don’t count the calories you burn normally (or when you’re “resting” as we say in the medical community).

Think about it, a healthy adult consumes 2,000 – 2,500 calories a day. That means they burn 2,000 – 2,500 calories a day (otherwise they would be constantly gaining weight), just doing what they normally do.

So any calories you burn while exercising are in addition to the calories your body already burns on a daily basis!