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Old June 28, 2009, 11:12 AM
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Carrera que no da el caballo, en el cuerpo se la tiene

Mi madre solía usar este refrán para decir que normalmente la gente que no trabaja demasiado de jóven, llega a viejo con buena salud. No logro encontrar nada similar en inglés. Can anybody help?
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buen salud

there is a saying in english: "i'm saving it for my old age"; in this case i guess it's energy that's being conserved.

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An equivalent phrase is "there's a lot of race left in that horse." We can also apply it to other situations:
There's a lot of race left in me. (I'm still capable - I'm still young)
There's a lot of race left. (There's more to do (, but we're up to the challenge))
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An equivalent phrase is "there's a lot of race left in that horse." We can also apply it to other situations:
There's a lot of race left in me. (I'm still capable - I'm still young)
There's a lot of race left. (There's more to do (, but we're up to the challenge))
How about "There's life in the old dog yet.
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How about "There's life in the old dog yet.

And, "There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle."

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Mi madre solía usar este refrán para decir que normalmente la gente que no trabaja demasiado de jóven, llega a viejo con buena salud. No logro encontrar nada similar en inglés. Can anybody help?
Well, I know that the literal translation into of the Spanish to English can't be the same or that I want to translate each phrase of the word, but I will try to do my own attempt.

I hope you can understand it


The people to does not work a lot of during their life, they become old people with good health.

I hope this work.
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Bueno, normalmente este dicho tiene connotaciones negativas, porque se usa para reprochar a alguien que no haya trabajado de joven, y en consecuencia se conserva muy bien. There is a lot of race in that horse, pienso que tiene connotaciones positivas. SAludos y gracias a todos.
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Bueno, normalmente este dicho tiene connotaciones negativas, porque se usa para reprochar a alguien que no haya trabajado de joven, y en consecuencia se conserva muy bien. There is a lot of race in that horse, pienso que tiene connotaciones positivas. SAludos y gracias a todos.
I don't think there is a good equivalent phrase in English. Your best bet would be to simply explain it and say it like it is.

 He's had an easy life...
He's been over-protected...
He hasn't had to go out and work...
He has led a soft life...
He hasn't worked hard...
He has been pampered... 
 ... so that's why he's in good health.
... that's why he's well-preserved.
... that's why life hasn't taken its toll on him. 

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That´s it, thank you very much Tomisimo.
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