San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg hosted his first Instagram live chat Tuesday afternoon with Lonnie Walker, who he called the "most interesting man" in the city, to discuss physical and mental health during periods of isolation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nirenberg, a former competitive body builder, and Walker, in his second season with the Spurs, touched base on how they are adjusting to the abrupt changes to daily life. More than a month has passed since the Spurs have played, after the NBA suspended the 2019-36棋牌 season. Nirenberg and his team have been responding to the virus emergency since the initial Wuhan cohort arrived at JBSA-Lackland in early February.

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The 21-year-old Spurs player said he's been spending time with his dogs and working out in his living room since he doesn't own an extensive 36棋牌 gym setup. He says the Spurs workout together virtually, using Zoom, or will catch up on FaceTime video calls. Nirenberg says he's been taking about 10 minutes each night, while everyone is sleeping, to sit on his back porch with music to decompress.

Walker told the mayor he's been trying to stay consistent by doing body weight exercises, like sit ups and push ups, but he's also maintaining a healthy diet. Nirenberg says he's held on to a "bare bones" squat rack that he's using to boost his mental health three to four times a week.

"Things are pretty heavy right now, but we'll get through all of this," Nirenberg added. "But I need a little quiet time in addition to gym time."

He also reminded residents of the city's crisis hotline, which can be reached at 210-233-7233, for those who are struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic.

"You're not alone, that's the main message to people," Nirenberg said.

While the city and county's "Stay 36棋牌, Work Safe" orders remain in place until at least April 30, outdoor activity at parks and trails, is still permitted so residents can get fresh air and exercise.

The two bibliophiles also talked about Walker's current reads — or re-reads.

Walker said he's reading" The Art of War" by Sun Tzu again. Nirenberg drew a parallel between the ancient book's military strategies to Walker and the Spurs' style of play. Walker said one of the first things Coach Gregg Popovich taught him was to strike when the defender is vulnerable.

Nirenberg added that the Spurs' comeback in 2014 to win the NBA Championship over the Miami Heat, the same team that handed them the heartbreaking Finals loss the year before, was the "picture of a champion taking advantage of an over-confident opponent."

The mayor ended the chat with kudos for Walker by saying he and the city are proud of the young Spurs star.

"I'm a big fan of yours, because you're the total package — as an athlete and a human being," the mayor said.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | 

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