If you’ve made it through January in-keeping with the health goals you set in the new year, perhaps it was with the help of an app on your mobile device. Despite the many positive reviews fitness and weight-loss apps receive online and in the media, a recent study has found potential problems regarding the psychological wellbeing of those who use them regularly. Conducted by the JE Carnes school of business at NUI Galway, the study was mainly focused on apps that publicly share exercise data with followers.

Peter Ryan is a Paralympian cyclist from Upperchurch, Co Tipperary, and is currently training for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.