Lifting heavy: Why women should not shy away from strength training. Seriously ladies, I cannot stress this enough, unless you are eating 5000+ calories a day/taking steroids, it is next to IMPOSSIBLE for you to get big and bulky. Trust me.
Squats will keep you "functionally" strong as well. As we age or lead a more sedentary life style our ability to perform sit to stand weakness or disappears altogether. Squats with CORRECT form (knees, hips, and back) are an essential exercise.