There is a danger people who use fitness apps may develop obsessive tendencies and suffer from higher stress levels in the long run.
The study was carried out by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway.
It was based on 272 people involved in cardio-intense physical activity.
They found the apps can lead to both positive and negative wellbeing outcomes, depending on the person’s social motivation for using them.
Researchers say those who use the apps to receive praise from others are more likely to develop an obsessive passion for physical exercise.
They're also warning employers who encourage the use of fitness apps in their wellness programmes to ensure workers maintain control over their exercise patterns.