|（1.School of Physical Education and Sport Science，Fujian Normal University，Fuzhou 350108，China；2.Department of Physical Education，Huaihua University，Huaihua 418000，China)
Abstract: In order to probe into methodologies used by foreign countries to develop their physical activity guides, so as to provide a reference for China to develop or perfect a physical activity guide for people of different ages, the author analyzed methods used by America and Canada to develop their physical activity guides. The development of the two guides were carried out by following a set of procedures: establish a development guidance committee; se-lect experts in related areas; evaluate scientific evidence for the dose-effect relationship between physical activity and health as required; carry out public consultation etc. In terms of methodology, there were mainly the following methods: personnel selecting method, objective determining and task and stage defining method, data collecting method, data analyzing method, result merging method and quality controlling method. The author concluded that a scientific and practical physical activity guide that can meet public needs can be established only by following a general methodology for guide development, and by considering public needs based on scientific evidence.
Key words: sports sociology；physical activity guide；America；Canada