It is from this video. It is at around 2 minute and 7 second.

So, exercise is the single best thing you can do for yourself, but if you think it is going to show up on the scale, think again.

I am aware of what the phrasal verb show up means, I cannot get what the speaker means by that whole piece.

  • This isn't an answer, but I wanted to emphasize that "the phrasal verb 'show up'" has multiple meanings. It can mean "appear"/"arrive" (as in this example), but also "to cause to look bad by comparison".
    – Mark S.
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 15:34

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Loosely translated, it means that while exercise is good for you, it won’t necessarily make you lose (or gain) weight.

The scale in this context is the kind you use to weigh yourself, and if something shows up on the scale, it means that the scale measures a difference, in either direction.

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