I don’t count calories burned: I count muffins. It’s a depressingly large unit of measurement, but it is the most relevant one for me.
Of course, muffins range in value from about 200 to 600 calories, so it’s also an incredibly unreliable unit, and a wonderful opportunity for wishful thinking. Which is probably why I do it.
But seriously, I do actually find it super motivating to think about energy math in terms of treats earned.